Medication Reminders . . . What’s the Best Choice For You?2 Comments
AccuPax is a product that can help patients take their medication exactly as prescribed by their doctors. Our presorted packets ensure that you take the correct medications, and since each packet is labeled with the date & time to take it, we make it easier to take each pill at the correct time. But whether you use AccuPax or not, many people who take multiple medications need some help remembering to take each dose. And AccuPax customers who have a very complicated medication schedule may find a reminder service or device is a helpful addition. Don’t hesitate to find and use the reminder that works best for you. Here are some options.
Medication Reminder Services:
eCare Diary is a free online tool to organize your medication schedule. (http://www.ecarediary.com)
Remember It Now is a free service for patients or caregivers to create medication reminders, organize caregiver schedules, compile medical records and track progress toward health goals. (http://www.rememberitnow.com/)
Intelecare helps patients remember the things that are important to their health. They offer a free, web-based service for patients and caregivers to create their own email, text or voice message reminders. Use the service to create reminders for everything from a pill you take every four hours, to a blood pressure screening you need every 90 days. (http://www.intelecare.com/products.php)
Timers and other Medication Reminder Products:
These sites specialize in a variety of medication management products, including timers, pill boxes and medication organizers.
Forgetting the Pill sells everything to prevent you from “forgetting the pill,” timers, alarms, organizers etc. Most stores offer a handful of choices in terms of timers, but they seem to have hundreds, so you should be able to find something perfect for what you need. (http://www.forgettingthepill.com)
ePill is another website that carries a variety of products to help you remember exactly when to take your pills, no matter how busy you get. (http://www.epill.com/)
Abledata has a good selection of timers and other medication management products, along with many other categories. Abledata is a searchable database of nearly 20,000 assistive technology products. Other categories include products that provide assistance with vision, speech, safety, mobility and more. They are an information source only, they don’t sell anything on their site. They do link to information on how to buy the products featured, from manufacturer and / or retailer sites. (http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm)
In case you still don’t think you should have some type of reminder system in place, in our next blog post, we’ll look at some compelling research on the benefits of compliance (taking your medication exactly as prescribed.) For example, one study showed Diabetics w/ poor compliance had double the annual healthcare costs of those who were most compliant. For details, check out our blog next week.
In the meantime, we’d love to hear the product, service or system you use as a medication reminder. Please leave a comment and share your best tips with others.