How to Manage and Track Self-Administration of Medication
Over the counter, prescription, and CAM (complimentary and alternative medications)fill this need to minimize suffering, beginning with pain relievers and laxatives to vitamins andherbal supplements. We need to take medication as recommended, or we overdose, or underdose, neither of which gains the effect we are looking for. In our busy lifestyles how do wekeep up with what we took, when we took it, and was it effective? Most of us believe that wetake our pills as prescribed by the doctor or on the medication label. However, the truth is wecould be missing many self-administration doses without being aware of it. When we take moremedication than prescribed then we run out sooner than we expect, or we do not take enoughand eventually stop taking it because we feel it is not working. By the time, we realize we haveunder dosed, it is too late, it is time for the next dose. So how do we minimize these over orunder doses? We minimize overdoses and under doses with a pill minder.
Clinical trials suggest a pill minder is a cost effective and simple way to manage self-administration of medications. Self-administration of medications always appears a no-braineruntil a stressor upsets the routine of the home and other routines follow the domino effect.Sometimes we can go days until the symptoms that were under control warn us that we are indanger. It is then that we wonder [for example] how in the world did I forget to take my bloodpressure medicine? We rationalize and brow beat ourselves because we are health conscious,responsible, and compliant but our one flaw is that we are human. Self-administration is not ano-brainer but a process that requires a system not routine to manage and track. A pill minder bydesign is one the most familiar system of our time, calendar days. Although the calendar day isnot full proof alone, it is a solid structure in which to manage many daily responsibilities. OMG!Did I take my medicine today? A quick flip of the lid for lets say Thursday and the answer isimmediate. “I took it because Thursday is empty or I didn’t because Thursday is full, there areno guessing, stressing, counting pills, or worrying about over or under dosing. Use the pillminder that begins on a Sunday and fill it up for the week. If there are day, evening, and nightmedications, get one pill minder and label each one appropriately. The pill minder is the tool forone less stress.
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