Whether it’s you or a loved one who needs help with properly medicating, it’s important that you manage your needs well to avoid problems. But what does properly taking medication actually mean? Basically, it involves the following:
- Ingesting the right medicine.
- Taking the proper dosage.
- Not failing to miss a dose.
Sounds pretty simple, right? Unfortunately, many people still find it difficult to perform these tasks. This poses a problem, as mismanaging your needs could lead to serious consequences. It could lead to unwanted side-effects, further health deterioration, and exposure to other diseases.
The good news is that there are solutions to prevent these from happening. In this article, we’ll provide you a few of the most practical ways.
1. Use technology to organise your medication plan
Medication mismanagement is a widespread problem that has spurred many companies to develop technologies that minimise risks. Among these include mobile applications that provide an all-in-one solution to medication management. These can remind you when to take your medication, keep track of which ones you’ve already taken, and even alert you of possible substance abuse.
2. Use a pillbox alongside your medication management app
A pillbox is a basic tool that remains highly effective. It lets you organise your medication to work alongside whatever technology you’re using. Its separate, labelled compartments will mean that your medication is properly segregated, avoiding misuse and possibly going over the recommended dosage. It also means you can keep all your medication (for the week) in one place, so that you don’t misplace it.
3. Make mental notes every time you take your medicine
To ensure that you’re using your app and pillbox correctly, you need to take mental notes each time you take your medicine. Say to yourself: “I am about to take my medication of today.” Be specific with the day, as well as the name of the medicine if you’re taking multiple kinds. This will help you recall what you’ve already taken in case you fail to log it into your app right away.
4. Get a loved one to help you keep track
Sometimes, a little support from a loved one is needed. This is particularly true if the forgetfulness or a lack of focus are side-effects of the medicine being taken. Let a loved one know exactly what your medication needs are so that they can do their part to lessen the burden.
Other Important Reminders
Apart from these tips, we’d like to remind you that proper medication is of utmost importance. Even if you may be experiencing side-effects that you’re not fond of, it’s in your best interest to adhere to the medication plan so that you can ultimately get better.
Not only that, mismanaging your medication could be very expensive as well. Not only would it mean that you’d be wasting potentially expensive prescriptions, but it could mean more trips to the hospital later on.
Keep the information outlined above in mind and use whatever you need to ensure that you’re properly medicating. Medications are powerful tools in ensuring your health, but it’s up to you to use them the right way.
We provide a medication management app that features scheduled reminders, logs, and more. Find us on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store if you’d like to finally take control of your medication needs.