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Taking medicine at home - create a routine

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It can be hard to remember to take all of your medicines. Learn some tips to create a daily routine that helps you remember to take your medicines.

Create a Daily Routine

Take medicines with activities that are part of your everyday routine. 

  • Take your medicines with meals. Keep your pillbox or medicine bottles near the kitchen table. 
  • Take your medicine with another daily activity that you never forget. Take them when you feed your pet or brush your teeth. Make it part of your routine.

Find Ways to Help You Remember Your Medicines

  • Set the alarm on your clock, computer, or phone for your medicine times.
  • Create a buddy system with a friend. Arrange to have phone calls together to remind each other to take medicine. 
  • Have a family member stop by or call to help you remember. 
  • Make a medicine chart. List each medicine and the time that you take the medicine. Leave a space so that you can check off when you take the medicine. Go to http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/pillcard/pillcard.htm for an example of a medicine chart. 
  • Store your medicines in the same place so it is easy to get to them. Remember to keep medicines out of reach of children.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Talk to the doctor about: 

  • What to do if you miss or forget to take your medicines. 
  • Having trouble remembering to take your medicines. 
  • Having trouble keeping track of your medicines. Your doctor may be able to cut back on some of your medicines.

Review Date: 8/25/2012
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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