How To Organize Your Medications
This film will show you ways of keeping your medications in order. Your health is your most important asset so make sure that your medications are well organized. Find your medications easier with VideoJug's assistance.
Step 1: You Will Need
A daily pill organizer.
A spreadsheet or word processing program. If you do not have access to a computer, a weekly planner will be fine.
A list of all of your medications and prescriptions
An alarm clock or wristwatch
Step 2: 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. List the name, dosage, frequency, side effects you experience, allergies, expiration date, and if or when the medication has stopped.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: Organize Your Pills
Pick up one 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.
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.
Step 5: 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.