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[edit] Remembering your meds

  • Do you take medication in the morning and the evening (or more than once a day)? Can you remember if you've taken it? To help me, I flip the bottle over in the morning after I take mine, and when I see the bottle upside down (or right side up in the evening), I know I've already taken my pill. -- Donna 3/24/05
    • This was such a great idea that it set me thinking about my own pills that come in foil packaging. My solution was to sharpen a chopstick that I happened to have to hand and use that to scrawl day labels onto the foil.
      Pills in foil packaging labelled with days
      Pills in foil packaging labelled with days
      --dbush 07:36, 17 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • bamboo shish-ka-bob skewers would do the trick too, no sharpening required. you can find them in the supermarket, they're usually about $0.79/pack of 100, and have endless uses around the kitchen and house.
  • Pick up one of those plastic 7-day organizers, even if you're not taking enough meds that they need to be organized. Perfect for answering the question, "Did I take today's dose of that med that's toxic if I take it twice?"
    • Note: these are also great for vitamins. I have one for my morning round, and one for evening. Also, it makes a lot less noise to get my vitamins and meds out of one of these than to open 5-7 different bottles while my husband is trying to sleep. --steph
    • Another advanatage is that when you restock it each weekend, it gives you notice that you are about to run out of something, before you actually do.
  • For seniors who get confused about their pills: organize them by time period (morning, evening, etc) and then take a photo of each. Annotate the pictures with labels. Print and hang it over their pills bottles for a visual reference --KLB 10:34, 31 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Here's something I recently did to make sure I take my multivitamin in the morning: put it in front of my cereal boxes. (I always eat at least one breakfast, and it's almost always cereal.) So far, this has bumped my compliance rate from 1x-2x/week to about 6x/week. Sam LG 18:06, 29 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • Set the repeating alarm on your mobile phone as a daily reminder. -Argonical 15:19, 4 Aug 2005 (EDT)

[edit] Saving money

  • Instead of those name-brand combination over-the-counter medicines, look at the individual active ingredients. Pick out the store brands of those ingredients, and you (1) save money, and (2) can mix and match based on your symptoms. Why take something that has everything in it when you only have sinus congestion? Note that nearly every one of those combinations includes ibuprofen or acetominophen, which you may not need. Also note that (in general) the effective dose of pseudoephedrine is 30mg, and quite often in those combinations, they will give you 60mg per dose, which makes my hair stand on end. --steph

[edit] US

  • If you take the same meds every day regularly, ask your insurer about having a 90 day supply filled through a mail-order pharmacy. Depending on your plan this can cost about the same in co-pays as a 30 day supply. --Edward Vielmetti 15 apr 2005
  • Most health insurance prescription plans have rules regarding how soon a prescription can be refilled. The term "refill" also applies to any drugs that require a new prescription each month (certain narcotics, ADD-ADHD meds, some psychiatric meds, for example). A common rule is that a refill may be obtained when 75% of the previous prescription has been used following the physician's dosing instructions. This means that a 30-day prescription can actually be refilled after 23 days (rounded up from 22.5). If you get your prescriptions filled at a retail pharmacy on a monthly basis, this means you can refill your script every 24 days. Adhering strictly to this method makes good financial sense whether you pay a percentage of the meds' total cost or a flat fee because you can obtain approximately 15 refills a year as opposed to 12 (365/24=15.21). By far the most important reason for using this method is building up a supply of the essential medications for yourself and your family. If there is a major disruption at any step along the way from manufacture to delivery of life-sustaining medications (widespread power outages, satellite failures, natural disasters) you could potentially have months of vital medications on hand. As always, laws may vary from state to state, and all prescription medications must be stored properly to retain quality and preferably locked away to keep them out of the wrong hands. : Caffeinated

[edit] UK

  • If you need more than 5 items in 4 months or 14 items in 12 months, a prepayment certificate could save you money (as of April 2005 pricing). You can buy the certificate online, over the phone, by post or at some pharmacies. If you have to pay for an item before the certificate arrives, ensure that you get an NHS receipt form (called an FP57 form in England) so that you can claim a refund. Note that the receipt can only be issued when you pay for the prescription; they can't issue them afterwards.
  • You should also check to see if you are eligible for help with the prescription charges.

[edit] Packaging

  • Target is introducing ClearRx, a redesign of the usual bottle. Very interesting. (I have no connection to Target -- just tacking it on since we're talking about productivity/efficiency/design hacks here.) — WCityMike (T | C) 17:53, 23 Apr 2005 (EDT)


See also: Travel Health

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