Remember Your Meds
Getting ready for the holidays? It can be a wonderfully busy time of year of finding gifts and traveling and preparing your home for family and friends. It’s also the time of year when it’s easy to forget to take your oral meds. Here are 8 tips to help you remember to continue to take your medications as prescribed, even amidst the hustle and bustle of the season.
- Set an alarm—either on your phone or standard clock—to remind you it’s time to take your meds.
- Add “Take My Meds” to the top of your daily to-do list.
- Ask a family member to help remind you to take your pills as prescribed.
- Preload your meds into a pill container that includes each day of the week—and some have space for morning and evening pills; this is a great way to see at a glance if you did or did not take your meds.
- Pack your meds in your carry-on bag if you are flying; lost luggage means lost medicines.
- Refill your prescriptions before leaving for the holidays so you don’t run out while you’re away from home.
- If traveling across time zones, try to maintain your same schedule, particularly if you are only going to be away for a few days.
- Know in advance what to do if you forget your last dose; for example, you should take some pills as soon as you realize you missed a dose; for other pills, if you miss a dose, just pick up with the next scheduled time.
If a problem arises with your medications while you are away for the holidays, call your doctor immediately or seek prompt medical care where you are.