Easy Ways to Remember to Take Your Medicines – Corporette.com

I’ve seen a glut of cool ways to remember to take your meds lately – so I thought I’d round up a few. I’m sure many of you have memory hacks yourself to remember to take your meds – please share!

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My Memory Hack to remember to take my medicine

A memory tip that I have used sometimes to remember to take my medicine is this: I keep the pill bottle on the left side of the sink and after I take it I move it to the right side. I had heard that you can inculcate a physical habit like this by doing it more than 30 times – even for a short period of time – so when I started a new medication I practiced doing it. This has worked for me for a long time – but when the kids went back to school, my morning regimen got a bit worse and I’ve found myself questioning whether or not I was taking my meds. (Did I take them and just forget to put them on the right side of the sink? Did I forget to “reset” the pill bottle to the left side the night before and actually not take them?)

I never liked pill organizers because they take too long to fill and often don’t hold more than a single pill (plus, they’re usually not safe around children).

That said, I’ve seen a number of newer, simpler products that solve this very problem in more streamlined ways, so I ordered a few to check them out…

How to remember to take your medicine: Pill Poppers

a keychain-sized bubble popper with days of the week that can be attached with rubber bands to a nasal spray, liquid medicine (both pictured) or pill bottle (not pictured)

These Pill Poppers is one of the first things to arrive – it’s a three-pack for under $10. I am giving these items as stocking stuffers this year; they are so cool. You can adapt it to any pill bottle (or spray or liquid bottle) because it has what looks like a silicone rubber on the top. (I keep it in a typical brown medicine bottle and it hasn’t interfered with the safety cap at all.) It’s tiny, easy to use, and super satisfying to “pop” into the day. The only trick, of course, is to remember to come in on the right day…

(I could see these being difficult if, like my mom, you keep about 10 different meds in a tight place, like a plastic basket, just because the pill stoppers can accidentally be pushed/popped/dislodged when you add/remove different meds .)

The system also has an AM/PM pop button if you need to take the drug twice a day – but the next system may be more useful. If you don’t like the bubble popper, this “take n slide” medication tracker sticker could be better — I didn’t buy it because it’s a bit more expensive (about $20 for 5) and stuck to the side of the bottle. For what it’s worth, they say it’s reusable and comes off easily.

How to Remember to Take AM/PM Meds: The Chart

a white and green diagram that reads

I have this visual medication reminder/tracker mainly because my son is on a few meds and depending on who is seeing him and medicating him, I thought this one might be useful for a team. (We’ve double dosed a kid at least once with antibiotics (years ago now)… that was a funny call to Poison Control.) I also like that the chart clearly has AM/PM in different columns, and (as sales). page points out), if a family member notices you haven’t taken it, they can remind you.

Granted, you could also just keep an index card near your meds with similar handwritten columns and just mark them off—but where’s the fun in that?

How to remember to take your medicine: The timer cap

two timer caps showing

I think this is the ultimate solution – hours caps that display the last time the pill bottle was opened!! Brilliant!! As long as the battery is working well, of course. You can get 2 for about $15.

Readers, what are your favorite tips and tricks for remembering to take your medication? Have you tried any medication reminder products like these timer caps and so on?

Stock photo via Stencil.

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