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How can I organize my high blood pressure medication?

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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. Here's how:

  • 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.

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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