Keep Prescriptions on Track

Over half of Americans take at least one prescription medication, and the average elderly age individual takes more than four.  It is very essential to keep prescriptions on track, especially when multiple medications are in use.  Medications are prescribed in two dissimilar forms, such as: needed dosage to make the medication purposeful, and the number of times a day the medications should be taken in order to maintain the purpose. There are numerous ways to keep tabs on your medications, and it is your job to choose which way is best for you or those you administer medical care to.

Useful Approaches

* On every prescription medication label, a prescription number, name, the type of medication, the dosage of the medication, and when and hokeep prescriptions on trackw the medication should be taken will be found. In order for the medication to reach the highest efficiency possible for the prescribed, all medications should be taken at the same time every day. Also, by doing this, the repetitiveness triggers an involuntary alarm in the brain that will eventually send a reminder over and over again when it is time to take the medication. For example, if one is prescribed to take medication once a day, a good reminder would be to take it as soon as one wakes up or before going to bed.  If the medication is prescribed twice a day, it may be easier to take it, for example, at eight AM and again at eight PM.

* Another simple and free way to manage one’s medication is to keep a handwritten log.  In a notebook of particular choosing, one can simply write down the prescription info, such as the medication’s name, dosage, and when the medication was first taken. Life is busy and hectic, especially for caregivers, and the burden of keeping track of  when to administer medication to whom you care for can be made easier if you have a written form of  conformation. One can always look back in a handwritten log to fuel the memory.

* If you, as a caregiver, are an individual that functions well with calendar reminders, it may benefit you to create a calendar timetable.  This way, if you routinely check your calendar for the day’s events, you will also have a reminder of when to take your medication.

* Put your cell phone to use.  Many of us use our alarm clocks on our cellphones to wake us up every morning.  The intriguing portion of using a cellphone alarm is that not only can the time be set, but the time can also labeled with the prescription name, and the alarm can be set to prompt at the same time every day without having to manually do this on a daily basis. Example: Penicillin Mon-Sun 7AM

* Use a pill organizer, especially for multiple medications.  A pill organizer is typically a plastic box with allotted, separated compartments that have a “morning” compartment and an “evening” compartment with each day actually written on the compartment.  Pill organizers are handy, because you can choose one day of the week to sort the needed medications for you or whom you give care to  into the proper compartments, and when it is time to take/administer the medication, you can simply open the compartment of pills that have the right “day” and “time of day” on the label.

On Track Conclusion

To keep track of  prescriptions is an essential initiative one must take while administering medications.  Find which method best benefits you and the individual you give in-home care to. This will be a great aid in getting the complete purpose and use of the medication for the body to improve general, overall health.  Also, finding a solid way to monitor medication relieves the burdening pressure that often accompanies caring for another. I hope this helps you to always remember to keep prescriptions on track.

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