February 7, 2022 at 11:15 am #23185Lori DePorterParticipant
I tried a cute jewelry box. My pharmacist friend gave me points for creativity but did not recommend it…and that inspired the column!
February 8, 2022 at 12:49 pm #23188JBParticipant
Interesting thought and better than I think my husband does. He stores all his meds in one container. Yes it makes it easy for him to get at, but I am really concerned that intermingling the meds and the wearing on each other will cause issues.
He has tried using one of these daily med keepers, so all the doses for each time in the day are separated and it looks good but totally useless in that he doesn’t use them in order, so in reality you can’t really tell if the dose is taken or not.
To note on this, he is only 59, and Young Onset PD, and in control of all his functions, most of the time, albeit cognition is up and down with ON/OFFs….. so I have no idea what a good solution is for storing meds, apart from me giving them to him from SEPARATE med containers 🙂
Would love to hear of other alternatives.
February 8, 2022 at 4:50 pm #23194MarieParticipant
All the meds are down in our kitchen, his and mine (expect for when I managed to get covid in January I brought mine to the upstairs bedroom for a time and I have kept some there) but I actually set up his daily meds. And we use empty prescription bottles of different sizes for the time of day and what meds are needed when. I use skinny ones for the his 3 times meds, a super large for the one and other meds, and a medium one for nighttime that includes his meds for night terrors. He also had Covid, was in the hospital, but for a uti to begin with. He is more accurate on taking on time now since he has gotten home. So I wrote him a timetable, which he seems to not to like, but when he asks me when is my next med I have to ask him when did he take his last one. But for the most part he has taken control, and as I pass by I make sure the next med is on a particular part of his dresser that we together decided on. I know as mental decline goes on, I will have to make sure I am the one who is more in charge of times as I did when he came home from the hospital and was not a hundred percent. It works for us, and he was the one who began putting the meds in empty bottles when he was still working for the daytime, he would put the ones he needed daily. Now I take care of that.
February 9, 2022 at 8:25 am #23201KrukarParticipant
I store my meds separately . Parkinson’s (C/L) 3 times per day (2 pills) the main batch in my bathroom. In the front room on the Counter I store my daily 6 pills in a narrow pill holder. I refill it daily.Then I store my main daily Meds in my bathroom in a 7 day pill container. I refill it weekly. My Alexa beeps at 6:00, 11:00 am and 4:00 pm the time for my C/L doses. The other pills I take AM, PM. I track it which is good for my brain. After 16 months it becomes easier. If it did not work I would be less motivated to adhere to it. When I travel it takes some modification.
When I got the Virus recovery became our priority. Blessings, Mike
February 10, 2022 at 12:08 pm #23209Alan BerryParticipant
I have several ailments including Type 2 diabetes for which I do not have medication. It is controlled by diet.
All my meds are stored in a single box under my control. A list of all meds and the times of taking them is also in the box. I am lucky that all my morning pills and , in turn, my evening pills are taken at the same time. My most unfavourite time for taking pills is Wednesday evening when I take 12 pills. Like many people I have difficulties swallowing so a pill then a swig of water takes time.
On Fridays I prepare my needs for the following week. Two Sunday to Saturday storage containers are used, one for A.M. the other P.M. I take pills from the main store and place them in the daily slots. In this process I make note of any medication I need to reorder. A quick review of the daily slots and I am ready to phone the pharmacist. Should I try to reorder too early my pharmacist is aware and alert and always spots it. I am glad to say it is rare that he catches me out. Of course I could make mistakes, after all I am almost human.
February 10, 2022 at 2:44 pm #23212SandyParticipant
We have a weekly pill organizer, three times a day, 7 days a week compartment. I labeled the “time” on each compartment so he knows which compartment to take. He keeps the weekly container on the kitchen table. This allows me to see which one he missed or not. Since I work full-time, I purchased a large, impaired vision clock to remind him the time, day and date. This alarm clock goes off three times a day for one minute as a reminder for him to “take Prescription” printed on the screen. Next to the clock, we have a Dr. Anthony Fauci bobblehead! Every Sunday night I refill the container for the week. I also have a small square basket to hold all his prescription pill bottles upright along with his vitamins. In the basket I have a printed copy of his daily dosages so if his in-home physical therapy’s needs to review or we have a copy handy to take to the doctor to review or when we travel. This basket is stored in the hallway bathroom cabinet.
February 16, 2022 at 10:15 am #23228RobertParticipant
I keep all my meds together in a small retangular plastic basket in my bathroom. No youngsters visit our home so no need to worry about that.
I also always have my day’s pills plus another half a day’s pills with me in a pill container in my pocket. That is all that I can fit into the container. This is in case I am not able to return home in the evening for some reason.
I also always have ready several liter size water containers so I can grab one if I leave the house.
I am on a 3 hour C/L pill cycle nowadays plus low BP pills and mood pills.
If something causes me to be out of my home for some time, my family can just bring the plastic basket to me and I will have what I need. Also, nowadays, I always get a 90 day supply of all of my meds at each renewal.
February 16, 2022 at 11:35 am #23229ScottParticipant
I use a 7 day pill case I load up every week. Helps to see what’s going on and i’m not risking spilling 200 pills a couple times a day. loading the pill case is also a good finger workout too ;-). I also keep a smaller pill case in my desk at the office so I don’t have to haul pills every day and I have another small case for a couple pills if I’m going to be out and about at dose time. I use the Medisafe app on my phone to track and get reminders. For bulk storage I just keep them in the original bottle in the bathroom.
February 17, 2022 at 12:07 pm #23240ClaudioParticipant
I take 8 different meds daily (most of them PD related). This means that for me, managing all the meds is a critical task. I have always kept apart L/C meds from the others, because I take L/C several times during the day and I need to have it with me wherever I go. So every day I fill a small plastic cylinder container with 6 pills of L/C. Apart from that, I have a 2-3 pills L/C blister in the car, the same in my bike, in my key holder and in my wallet. For the other meds, until 2-3 months ago I stored them in a 7 day/compartments small container, (I easily remember when and which I had to take each med), sure that this method couldn’t last forever. In fact, when 2 apparently identical pills, that I had to take in different hours of the day, appeared in my life, I switched to a completely different system.
I bought 3 small containers (3,7×2,4×1 inch), each with 10 properly sealed different size compartments in order to store large and small pills without wasting space. I labelled the cover of the inside compartments with the med name and hour of assuming it during the day. In this way anyone has the container immediately knows my weekly regime (apart from L/C). Then I accomodate the weekly needs of meds according to their label in the proper compartments. At the end, I still have 2 compartments empty…ready to welcome (?) 2 new pills! With several properly labelled weekly containers, I refill them every 2-3 weeks and the managing of meds is over…not the PD! May be now it’s clear why for me managing meds is a critical task, duly accomplished! So far!
February 17, 2022 at 1:31 pm #23242Lyn RichardsParticipant
There are a few things that work well for me & help manage my life-long absent-mindedness & distractibility. I would forget about taking my med while walking from one room to another, so keeping meds where I use them has been very helpful for managing this issue.
I have a dosette + water at my bedside with the meds I take when I wake up : C/L + rasagiline/Azilect + mirabegron/Myrbetriq (who thinks up these names?!). My rotigotine/Neupro patch + gabapentin are on the bathroom counter to take at bedtime (it’s a large bathroom with a skylight and fan to vent shower steam, so I don’t think humidity is an issue).
I used to keep the daytime C/L doses in a pill timer with an alarm. I carried that with me everywhere, which is important since my life is pretty busy and I’m often away from the house — even with the pandemic. That device had a compartment for the day’s doses plus a space for the week, and another space for other meds, so it was also great for travel. This worked well until the device died. Right now I just carry the day’s C/L doses in a tiny old aspirin tin that easily fits in my pocket, and re-set my phone alarm when I take a dose. That has been working well.
I used to keep my magnesium (for night-time leg cramps) with the gabapentin in the bathroom dosette until a friend mentioned the interaction between these 2 meds & I also discovered Mg should be taken with food. So now the magnesium goes in an attractive little jar on the dining table to take at supper. I put it where it will be in the way, so it catches my attention.
February 17, 2022 at 7:06 pm #23250Jeanette JagstParticipant
I prepare my husbands medications weekly. He has 6 lots of meds a day so I use a circular plastic pillbox which has 7 compartments (It’s actually a box for 7 days but we use it for one days pills. I have labeled the compartments with the time his pills need to be taken, the seventh compartment is used for vitamins/supplements etc. All medications are kept in the refrigerator because we live in a tropical climate. Each day I take out a new pillbox which he keeps in his room or, if he goes out, it’s small enough to fit into his shirt pocket. He has a mobile phone which has an alarm set for his various pill times (Unfortunately, sometimes the alarm doesn’t go off but he’s been taking pills so long – 29yrs, we usually remember in time.)
February 18, 2022 at 7:46 am #23248twokParticipant
I devote a large shallow kitchen drawer to all meds and supplements. I have them segregated and deposited in shallow containers. Large bottles, partially full, are stored nearby.
I find that depositing pills in the used white bottle caps…before I swallow them, provides a visual verification of what I should be taking.
February 18, 2022 at 7:46 am #23251Lori DePorterParticipant
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