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Fall 2009


Botsford HealthSource Magazine

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Do You Take More than One Pill a Day?

Managing multiple medications can be a challenge. If it’s not done right, you could face a serious complication. Here are some ideas you can use to keep tabs on your tablets.

Use Packaging to Your Advantage

Improper storage can decrease the strength of a medication. It’s always a safe bet to store medicines in their original containers. But, if you need to keep better track of your medications, using a divided day-of-the-week container may help. Ask your pharmacist if putting your medications in a different container is an option.

Another way to preserve medication effectiveness is to avoid putting different pills in the same container or container slot. Also, keep medications away from moisture, heat and light. Places like the bathroom are not recommended for storage.

Set Up a Routine

Taking a certain medication at the same time each day can make it easier for you to remember when to take it. Try to plan each dose around another part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth. Another tactic is to color code containers according to when you should take them. And, you can buy special “timer caps” that beep when it’s time to take your pills.

To avoid taking the same medicine more than you should, jot down each dose you take on a daily calendar.

Keep the Facts Straight

Keep a list of all the medicines you take. This includes vitamins, herbal supplements and over-the-counter and prescription medicines. Update this list regularly. Make copies and share the list with your doctors and pharmacist.

To receive a FREE Botsford medication card, call the HealthSource Information Center today at (248) 442-2565.

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