3 Great Tips for Managing Medications


Whether you've never taken tablets before and must now begin to get into the routine of it or you've been taking a plethora of pills for a long time, medication can be a big part of your life.  Thankfully, Australia is lucky enough to have a subsidised healthcare system, so costs will rarely be a barrier to our health and happiness in this case.  However, the actual pills themselves just might — so make sure this part of your life is organised and makes sense with a few handy tips.

Keeping Track

Especially if you're new to taking pills, it can be difficult to remember what you have and have not taken.  One way of solving this problem is to put your pills into a box marked with the days of the week; that way, you'll know whether you've already taken your medication simply by looking at the contents of this box.  

However, this doesn't work for everyone, as it's easy to forget to refill your box for the week.  If this sounds like you, then try a high-tech version.  Set up an alarm system on your phone so you'll be reminded to take your pills every day.  As long as you do so immediately when you hear the alarm, you simply can't forget.

Compound Your Medicines

For those who take multiple medications a day, you may wish to consider having your pills combined by a compounding service.  This means that you'll take just one pill instead of several — and that's much easier to manage.  Equally, if you struggle with some aspects of your medication — perhaps the pills are too big for you to swallow comfortably or have an unpleasant flavour that makes it hard to keep them down — then compounding services could help with this as well.  Speak to a specialist and see what can be done to combine your pills together and improve your daily routine.  There'll be a cost for this service, but the amount it can improve and streamline this unpleasant part of your day is absolutely worth it.

Mark Your Calendar

Whenever you start a new medication, make a clear note of it on your home calendar.  Do the same whenever you stop, or if you accidentally miss a day.  That way, you'll have a perfectly clear record of your medication history if your doctor needs to know any of this information.  It may also help with diagnosing which medications are causing any unpleasant side effects, if they should occur.


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