We all struggle at times with medication, if you’re prescribed multiple medications it can be difficult to keep track of what you should be taking when. This guide aims to provide tips to help you to safely manage your medication at home.
Read your labels carefully
This might seem like an obvious one but it’s important to make sure you carefully read your medication labels and take notice of what instructions pharmacists and doctors give you. It can be easy to skim read or mis-interpret labels sometimes, so make sure you’re certain of what the instructions and correct dosage are for your medications.
Set a reminder
When you’re going about your day it can be difficult to keep track of when you should be taking your tablets. It’s important that you don’t miss any doses during the day and that you properly space out dosages as per the instructions provided to you.
It can help to set yourself alarms on your mobile phone or an alarm clock throughout the day to keep on top of when you should be taking which medications. This can also help you to plan around meals as you are often asked to take medications with, before or after meals.
Storing your medicine can be almost as important as sticking to a regular routine. If you live with young children or often have young children to visit, it’s important that you keep any medication out of their reach or even locked away if you think they might be able to easily get into cupboards.
Some medication may need to be kept in the fridge which can make it difficult to keep locked away. Using a lock box can work well to keep it out of harms way whilst stored correctly. Always make sure that there’s no way for your medication to leak or spill into food if stored in your fridge or food cupboards.
Don’t be afraid to check your pharmacist or doctor if you’re unsure about anything concerning your medication. If you or a loved one are finding it difficult to manage a medication routine, get in touch with us to see how our carers can offer support in medication management.