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Top tips for remembering to take your medications

Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen MartinReviewed on 19.10.2023 | 2 minutes read

Remembering to take medications can be challenging, especially when dealing with multiple medications and different dosing schedules. In this comprehensive article, we provide expert tips from our Healthwords pharmacists to help you improve medication adherence.


Pillboxes, also known as dosette boxes, are invaluable tools for medication management. These containers have compartments for each day of the week, some even offering sections for specific times of the day. Pharmacies and retailers sell pillboxes, and eligible individuals, such as those with dementia or complex medication regimens, may have dosette boxes prepared by their pharmacy. They come in different designs, which means there may be an option out there for you.

Medication reminders

Utilize smartphone apps like Pill Reminder and Medication Tracker by Medisafe or Medication Reminder & Pill Tracker by MyTherapy, which provide alarms to prompt medication intake. For non-smartphone users, services like Memo24 offer automated phone calls with pre-recorded reminders. Creating a written chart or setting alarms on your phone can also be effective. We are not sponsored by any of these parties.

Linking medications with daily activities

Associate your medications with routine daily activities to trigger reminders. For instance, place nighttime medications on your bedside table, morning medications near your breakfast items, or medications taken twice a day alongside objects used twice daily, like your toothbrush or deodorant. Remember to store medications correctly while implementing these strategies.

Family and friends

Enlist the support of family or friends to assist in reminding you to take your medications. Sharing this responsibility can be beneficial and provide an additional layer of accountability.

Remember, maintaining proper medication adherence is crucial for optimal health outcomes. By implementing these expert tips, you can establish a reliable routine and ensure you never miss a dose.

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Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed on 19.10.2023
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