Our last blog dealt with purchasing medications over the internet. The article left a very fundamental question unanswered: Once I receive a thirty or sixty day supply of medicines, how can I keep them organized?

Remember, medications are only beneficial when taken as prescribed. This article will assist you with keeping your medications organized or assist you with helping someone else keep his or her medications organized.

For people who must deal with taking long-term or high amounts of medications, this situation can be very stressful. It can be easy to miss a dose or even overdose. Managing your medication effectively can help reduce harmful errors and give you the peace of mind to concentrate on wellness.

1.    Make a list, check it twice. Create a spreadsheet or word document on your computer or, simply use note paper to list all of the medications you take

  • the name
  • dosage
  • frequency
  • side effects you experience
  • allergies
  • expiration date; and
  • if or when the medication has stopped.

2.    Create a dosing schedule. Using the same tools, make a dosing chart for each medication, noting the amount and time each should be taken. Make copies of this list and always take it with you so that you can track your dosing no matter where you are.
3.    Organize your pills. Pick up one of these handy weekly pill organizers from a drug store. They can be very helpful. If you take many meds on a daily basis, you will need an organizer with seven or more compartments to organize each day’s doses. But be careful, once you put the meds in this compartment it may be hard to distinguish what they are so it may be helpful to have a physical description of each pill nearby
4.    Set a reminder. Budget permitting, there are handy electronic pill reminders out there. Or you can use your home alarm clock, wristwatch or cell phone alarm.
5.    Rest easy. With these easy steps for organizing your medications, you can be confident that you are following your doctor’s orders properly. Be diligent, be organized and be well.
Even if you use a pill organizer, remember to check your prescription labels often. Check expiration dates and refill information. Knowing when you are running low or nearing an expiration date will allow you to call for a refill ahead of time and you will avoid missing a dose.
Things You Will Need:

  • daily pill organizer
  • spreadsheet or word processing program; if you do not have access to a computer, a weekly planner will be fine
  • a list of all your medications and prescriptions (write these down or type the list)
  • an alarm clock or wristwatch