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How can I remember to take my medications?

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It's easier to remember your pills if you take them at the same time and in the same place, preferably at home. It's even better if you can hitch your pill schedule to your regular routine. For instance, take them with breakfast or when you brush your teeth at night.

Have a plan for filling your pill organizer, too. Do it on the same day each week or each month.

From: How to Organize Your Medications WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Administration on Aging: "Prescription Drug Options for Older Adults: Managing Your Medicines," "Medicines and You: A Guide for Older Adults."

Visiting Nurse Service of New York: "5 Tips for Managing Medications."

American Lung Association: "Managing Your COPD Medications."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Puzzled by Pills? Tips for Medication Management."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Medication Management Tips."

The University of Iowa College of Public Health: "Managing Your Medications."

Charles Krobot, PharmD, assistant professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.

Hedgecock, S. , May 4, 2015. Forbes

University of Michigan: "Tips for Managing Your Medications."

Dayer, L.  , March-April, 2013. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

NIH Senior Health: "Taking Charge of Your Medicines."

National Council on Patient Information and Education Must for Seniors: "6 Ways to Help Your Older Parents Use Medications the Right Way and Prevent Problems."

FDA: "My Medicine Record," "Are You Taking Medication as Prescribed?"

Health in Aging: "Avoiding Overmedication and Harmful Drug Reactions."

Medicare.gov: "Medication Therapy Management programs for complex health needs."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Administration on Aging: "Prescription Drug Options for Older Adults: Managing Your Medicines," "Medicines and You: A Guide for Older Adults."

Visiting Nurse Service of New York: "5 Tips for Managing Medications."

American Lung Association: "Managing Your COPD Medications."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Puzzled by Pills? Tips for Medication Management."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Medication Management Tips."

The University of Iowa College of Public Health: "Managing Your Medications."

Charles Krobot, PharmD, assistant professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.

Hedgecock, S. , May 4, 2015. Forbes

University of Michigan: "Tips for Managing Your Medications."

Dayer, L.  , March-April, 2013. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

NIH Senior Health: "Taking Charge of Your Medicines."

National Council on Patient Information and Education Must for Seniors: "6 Ways to Help Your Older Parents Use Medications the Right Way and Prevent Problems."

FDA: "My Medicine Record," "Are You Taking Medication as Prescribed?"

Health in Aging: "Avoiding Overmedication and Harmful Drug Reactions."

Medicare.gov: "Medication Therapy Management programs for complex health needs."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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