If you (or a loved one) is taking several prescription medications, it is important that you manage it properly. Not only is it important that you take the right dose at the right time, but you will also want to avoid any unwanted side effects and drug interactions.
At first it may seem tricky to manage prescriptions and medication, but it is actually very feasible if you take a few simple steps:
- List out your medications and prescriptions
Make a list of all the medications that you’re on. Be sure to not only include the name of the medication, but also its frequency, dosage and common side effects. If you have issues reading a prescription, consult your physical or pharmacist – or check out a similar prescription template online that might give you a better idea of what all the information means.
- Always try to use the same pharmacy
It helps to go to the same pharmacy for all your prescriptions. If you do, the pharmacist will be more familiar with your case and be able to spot drug interactions that may have been missed.
- Add notes with special instructions
Aside from the regular instructions, some prescriptions may have special requirements – such as specific foods or supplements that should be avoided. Be sure to take note of these instructions and make sure that you stick to them.
- Find a way to track your medication
It is important that you keep track of your medication and make sure you’re taking them at the proper time. There are several ways to do so, and you could set repeatable alarms on your mobile phone, use a calendar or chart, get a pill organizer, or a combination of those. Once you get into a routine it will be easier, but even then it helps to have a reminder and a way to track your medication.
- Store drugs separately in distinct packages
As far as possible make sure that you store your drugs separately. If some of the packages or drugs look similar you should find ways to distinguish them – which could be as simple as using a permanent marker to draw an ‘X’ or some other symbol on the bottle cap. The last thing you want is to accidentally ‘mix up’ the medication, and this can help you to avoid doing so.
By taking these steps you should be able to manage your prescriptions and medications far more effectively, and avoid most mishaps. At first it may take a bit of getting used to, but it is important that you stick with it so that eventually it becomes part of your routine and feels more natural.
Having a system such as the one outlined above will also help if you ever need to start taking more medications. Because the framework is already there, all you need to do is add on any further medication and you should be able to manage it the way that you manage all the rest as well.