As a young adult you are likely to have loads going on in your life. Dashing off to the next party, shopping spree, latest film or just relaxing. Use some of these tips to help you to remember when to take your medications.
Getting into a routine is one of the best ways to ensure you don’t forget your meds.
- Base meds around meal times.
- Take them as soon as you wake.
- Leave them by things you use in the morning ie: mirror, toothbrush.
- Use a dosette box, you will be able to see if you have taken your dose.
- Link med times with daily routines – brushing teeth, TV programme, breaks at school etc.
- Set multiple alarms or reminder notes on your mobile.
- Ask friends and family to help remind you.
- If you take meds at school take a weeks supply with you every Monday.
- Arrange your meds once a week for the week ahead in a dosette box which you can get from Boots or other good pharmacies.
- Keep a diary/planner and tick off the dose once you have taken it.
- Look for pill/dosette boxes that have inbuilt alarms.
- Make a laminated reminder card and put it on the back of your front door to remind you to take your meds with you.
- If you are staying out late always take meds with you and maybe take spares.
- Ask your friends if they mind you leaving spare meds at their house.
- If you are at the computer a lot set a task schedule to send a reminder.
- Know information about your medications – why you take them, what they are for.
- Know and consider what the consequences will be for yourself if you forget medications.
- Be independent whenever you can, there won’t always be people around who can help you.
Last reviewed by Great Ormond Street Hospital: September 2006
Ref: C060421 © GOSH Trust September 2006
Compiled by the staff of the Cardiothoracic Transplant Team in collaboration with the Child and Family Information Group.
Please read this information in conjunction with any patient information leaflet provided by the manufacturer. However, please note that this information explains about the use of medicines in children and young people so may differ from the manufacturer’s information.
Each person reacts differently to medicines so your child will not necessarily suffer every side effect mentioned. This information does not constitute health or medical advice and will not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor. No liability can be taken as a result of using this information.