Don't Forget to Take Your Medications
Which factors affect whether you remember to take your meds?
Why is this so? Shevaun D. Neupert, PhD, assistant professor in the department of psychology at N.C. State University, suggests that the daily routines of younger adults are typically busier. But the same type of on-the-go behavior may be unusual for some older adults. Dr. Neupert suggests, "It's the departure from routine that creates a greater likelihood of not adhering to a med schedule."
Here are tips to help you remember to take your medication:
Set an alarm, separate your meds into the compartments of a pillbox organizer or keep a daily log of prescriptions‚ including drug names and dosages.
If you have an especially hectic day ahead of you, take extra care to establish reminders. Make a habit of taking your pills at the same time every day.
The more you know about your medicine and how it should be taken, the more likely you are to take it as prescribed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist as many questions as needed to fully understand how to take your meds. Two key questions are:
- At what time of day should I take my meds?
- Should I take my meds with food?