Taking your medication
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 (suggested by some of our young adult transplant
patients) to help you 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, for example a mirror or your toothbrush.
- Use a dosette box so you will be able to see if you have taken your dose.
- Link your med times with daily routines, such as brushing your teeth, watching a TV programme or breaks at school.
- 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 week's 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 in-built 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 your 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