Modern Reminders to Take Your RA Meds

A few new tools may be just the trick to help you remember to take your rheumatoid arthritis medications and keep you on track.

By
Health Monitor Staff

If you’ve tried pillboxes, checklists and calendars and still have the occasional head-slapping moment, here’s some good news: A few new tools may be just the trick to help you remember to take your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) medications and keep you on track. 

Have a smart phone?
Download an app. Lots of apps let you track the meds you take regularly—the iPillsBox app doesn’t cost a dime! Or, for $4, you can download MedsLog, an app that lets you set an alarm to remind you to take your medicine, including Rx and over-the-counter pills, creams and ointments; plus, there’s no limit to how many drugs you can add! It tracks when to take your next dose, stats such as blood pressure and blood sugar readings and lets you email data to yourself or your doctor. 

Can’t remember when you took your last dose?
Try a cap that’ll remind you. For about $3.50, you can swap a prescription bottle cap with the Rx Timer Cap. A digital built-in timer resets when you open the bottle, so you know exactly when you took your last dose and when the next one is due.

On-the-go all the time?
Get organized with alarms. A range of alarms are available to help you remember your medications, even while you’re out and about. Many come with multiple compartments, making it easy to keep them organized when you bring them from home to work and to school. And some can even be worn like beepers or wristwatches.

Published
April 2013