Medication adherence, or taking your medications as prescribed by your doctor, isn’t as common as you might think. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 50% of people with chronic illnesses stop taking medications within a year of being prescribed.
If you stop taking your medications, change the dosage, or even change the timing without consulting with your doctor or pharmacist, you might be putting your health at risk. You can support your health by remembering to take your medications as prescribed with these tips:
Write down your medications and timing in a calendar or journal, and then check off medications as you take them. This can help you to avoid missing doses or taking too many at once.
Stay on track with a three-month supply of the medications you need. It’s often more cost-effective to get 90-day refills, and you’ll spend less in the long run.
Don’t banish your medications to a crowded drawer or dark cabinet. If you keep your medication in a pillbox or in another place that’s easy to find, it’ll be easier to remember them. Your pharmacist can help you to fill a pillbox, so you’ll always take the right medications on the right days.
Set alarms on your smartphone, computer or other devices to help you stay on track, or download a medication reminder app. You can also buy pill bottle caps with timers to help you remember when to take your medications. Your pharmacy may call or send text or email notifications to let you know when your next refill is ready.
If you have pharmacy coverage through Sharp Health Plan, you can skip lines and waiting times by having your medications delivered right to your door. Mail order ensures you won’t run out of medication unexpectedly.
With the right tools, taking your medications can be more convenient and may even help you to save money. Learn how to sign up for mail-order prescriptions here.
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