Taking High Blood Pressure Drugs Properly
Make a Habit out of Taking Your High Blood Pressure Drugs
It's easier to take your high blood pressure drugs exactly as prescribed when you make it a part of your daily routine. Try some of these ideas to help you remember to take your medication:
- Link taking your medicine with another daily routine, such as brushing your teeth or fixing your morning coffee.
- Every time you take your medication, mark it down on a calendar or in a notebook. This also gives you a record you can show your doctor so you can both determine how well the medicine is working.
- Place reminders in key spots. Sticky notes are great -- they come in a variety of colors and shapes to get your attention. Put reminder notes in places you're likely to see them, such as on your bathroom mirror or by the kitchen sink.
- Have a family member or friend call or email you to remind you to take your medicine.
Organize Your Medications
It can be frustrating to keep track of so many pills to take. Was that pink one supposed to be one or two? In the morning or twice a day? With or without food? You can reduce some of this confusion by organizing your medicine for a day or even for an entire week.
- Keep all your medication in one location, such as on your nightstand or on the kitchen counter (out of the reach of children). This way you can find your medicine when you need it.
- Find a pillbox that meets your needs. You'll see a variety of them at your local drugstore or pharmacy. Some have separate compartments for each day of the week. Some have three or four compartments for each day, so that you can organize your pills by time of day.
- If you find yourself feeling confused or frustrated, ask a friend or family member to help.