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Managing Your Medicines
Did you know that 40% of patients don't take their medications as prescribed and this often times results in a hospital admission or a complication. Often times this is a result of forgetting to take medications or failure to have prescriptions refilled in a timely fashion. This article will discuss several techniques that anyone can use to help them to remember to properly take their medications.

Tricks and Reminders
The best advice is to find a few memory aids that will serve as a reminder to take your medication at the appropriate times. For example medications taken in the morning and at bedtime can be placed next to your toothbrush. As a result, when brushing your teeth it will serve as a reminder to take your morning and evening medications.
Next, I recommend keeping your medications very visible and readily accessible when you are most likely to take them. If you are to take your medications with meals, you might consider placing the medication on your dining table as a reminder.
Another reminder is to display your medications and times that you are to take the medications on your computer calendar. You can also set up an online calendar, such as Google Calendar, to send you reminders by e-mail or as a text message to your phone.
Other techniques
Make a list of all the medications you take and keep the list up-to-date. You can enter your list onto various Internet programs to create and continually update your medication list. This is especially useful for those medications that you take less often than on a daily basis, such as some of the medications used to treat osteoporosis which are taken weekly or monthly.

Pillboxes are a relatively inexpensive and effective strategy for managing a large number of medications. These pillboxes are available from most pharmacies and can be used for up to 7 days and can be refilled on a weekly basis. Pillboxes and alarm devices are available from www.epill.com.
Many pharmacies will package your medications into blister packs that are labeled specifically with the times a day and days of the week to take each medication. There is often a small fee charge for this service but this can be very useful for those having trouble remembering whether or not to talk their pills each day. Some pharmacies will even fill your pillboxes for a small fee.
Setting up refill reminders
It is necessary to develop a system to remind yourself to refill your prescriptions before you run out. You can place refill reminders on your calendar once a month as a reminder to fill your prescriptions. I request that patients call my office during working hours from Monday to Friday to request prescription refills.
Electronic devices
Your cell phone can be said to sound an alarm, vibrate or flash a light at the preset time to take your medication. Many of these devices can be set for multiple alarms if you have to take multiple medications.
For questions about your medication there are websites such as www.iguard.org and www.AARP.org which can serve as a quick reference for basic drug information and it is at no charge. Some websites can even perform drug interactions checks as well as help identify medications based on their color, shape, and markings.
Bottom Line: Being a good patient means taking your medication properly. You can do this if you set up reminders and prompts to help you to remember to take your medications and to refill the prescriptions so that there are no gaps or lapses in compliance with your medications.
Dr. Neil Baum is a physician at Touro Infirmary and can be reached via his website, www.neilbaum.com, or at (504) 891-8454.