Taking your medication

As a young person you're 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 Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) patients) to help you remember when to take your medications.

Above all

  • Know information about your medications – why you take them, what they're for.
  • You've been prescribed medications for a specific reason – you could be at risk if you miss a dose.
  • Know how to order a repeat prescription – don't leave it too late to order fresh supplies.
  • Be independent whenever you can, there won’t always be people around who can help you.
  • If you have any problems taking your meds, talk to your team at GOSH sooner rather than later – they're here to help.
  • If you have any questions about your medications, please contact your team.

Routine

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 up.
  • Link your med times with daily routines, such as brushing your teeth, watching a TV programme or breaks at school.
  • Leave them by things you use in the morning, like a mirror or your toothbrush.

Reminders

  • Use a dosette box – you'll be able to see if you've taken your dose.
  • Set multiple alarms or reminder notes on your mobile.
  • Download an app like Wellnote and use the medication reminder function.
  • Ask friends and family to help remind you.
  • Keep a diary/planner and tick off the dose once you've taken it.
  • Look for pill/dosette boxes that have inbuilt alarms.
  • If you're at the computer a lot, set a task schedule to send a reminder.

General tips

  • If you take meds at school take a week's supply with you every Monday, but only if you have somewhere secure to keep them.
  • Arrange your meds once a week for the week ahead in a dosette box which you can get from Boots or other good pharmacies.
  • 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're 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.