It’s easy to miss a dose of a daily medication or take it at the wrong time. Taking medication can become such an autopilot activity that occasionally wonder whether you took your medication or just thought about taking it. For those who take more than one medication or are responsible for administering medications to others, the struggle is real.
Tracking your medications is especially important for those taking multiple prescription and over-the-counter medications. You can avoid potential side effects, dangerous drug interactions and running out of your prescriptions by getting organized and building a schedule.
If you take only one medication, just setting an alarm on a mobile phone or smart watch can help you remember when it’s time to take it. A schedule can get complicated for those who take multiple medications, and the common pill box may not do the trick.
A physical checklist, like the printable worksheet from the National Institute on Aging, is one of the easiest methods for tracking your medications. Create a thorough medication record by including the following information:
- Physical descriptions of pills, like shape and color
- All names for a single medications, including brand and generic
- Dosage times and specific requirements
- How long to take medication and any refill dates
Tracking your medications is important for making sure you take the right medication at the right time – but it also helps you create a medication record, which is important for working with your doctors to manage your overall health. Apps like Nano can help you take tracking a step further by providing additional information, syncing across devices and creating a shareable version of your medication record to help you doctors make clearer, more informed decisions about your healthcare.