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Old 01-23-2014, 07:15 AM   #1
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Default Fast way to keep Meds straight

Thankfully my brain kicked into gear as I was filling my weekly pill container, and as the amount of meds I now take has very quickly grown, it takes longer to read each bottle label to make sure I have everything correct.

So, using different sized circle punches and white cardstock, I punched a circle to fit each pill bottle cap, wrote the name and dose of each one and using glue dots affixed them to the bottle cap. As I have RA I use the cap so that it screws on rather than having to work with the tabs, so the circles fit into the cup and are secure.

Hubby's meds are next as he take many twice a day and that can become even more confusing.

Hope this might help others with this same challenge!
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:25 PM   #2
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I understand how you feel. I now take loads of meds. I have two pill containers.... each for a week. I only do mine every two weeks. That helps me a lot. I would hate to have to do it each week. I also have arthritis and do the screw on tops. The child-safe ones are just too hard for me to open. Even with all that, I enjoy being an old person. I have so many reasons to do as I please and not get in a huff, hurry and can laugh at almost anything. I take the time to really enjoy everything.
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:44 PM   #3
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do your pharmacies (drugstore) do blister packs? This may be an extra charge, but I had my father's meds done this way. They are packed for a week, and for the different times of day he needed to take them, am,noon,supper,bedtime. It was very easy to tell if he missed taking a dose and safer because he wasn't pouring from a pill bottle. If the doctor changed a med or dosage the pharmacy redid his packs, and would deliver for a months supply (four blisterpacks). The packs are labelled with the meds it contains, in case of a hospital/clinic visit and the foil is easy to break through to dispense the meds. A very safe method for seniors.
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Just a quick FYI. Don't put the dots on the lids--they can get mixed up easily. Put them on the bottles. And, also on the lids if you want. That would be a double check. Learned this working at a hospital where lids are all interchangable.
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I am not on a lot of meds, but the ones I have are for morning or evening. To make sure I don't have to spend a lot of time sorting them each time I punched circles in two different colors of cardstock. For mine they are Pink for the morning and Green for the evening and the number of pills to be taken. For my husband we use the colors Yellow and Blue and if he has to take some morning and evening I use two half circles to indicate the two times of day. For those taken at lunch time for him I use a Beige cardstock. It has greatly simplified his medication prep time.
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