Doctors rely on the wonders of modern medicine to help you overcome the challenges brought by old age, disease, and other factors affecting your health. However, medicines can sometimes be a double-edged sword, especially if not taken correctly (either by mistake in identification or dosage) or when not taken at all.
A practical tool to use to help you have a more organized approach in taking your medicine is to use a weekly pill box. You can maximize the use of pill boxes to make your life easier and your medicine intake safer and organized. Here are some of the best practices we gathered.
When it comes to using pill boxes to organize your medicine, first, you have to observe precautionary measures. Mistakes can sometimes be costly, if not deadly, so better be safe than sorry.
Since medicines are often ingested or introduced in the body, you have to observe aseptic techniques in preparing them. That includes acts such as handwashing and the like. Next, prepare your work area. Choosing a flat, clean workspace is preferable so that you can readily see all the materials without any of them rolling away from you.
You’re now ready to transfer your medicine. Based on our research, most people prefer working from left to right, that is, they place the medicine to be organized on their left-hand side, then once they’re done placing the respective medicine on their slots on the pillbox, they move the medicine on their right side. It’s a simple gesture, but you can already see how effective it is to avoid getting a mix-up.
Ideally, the medicines you place in a particular pill box should be taken on a particular day and all at the same time. So if your medication involves multiple doses throughout the day, and you only have a simple pill box (no am/pm slots), then you might want to consider getting another pillbox. Again, the goal is for this task to be “semi-automatic”, so you do not have to do a lot of thinking. This will also reduce the chances of confusing your morning doses from your nighttime doses.
Before Transferring Your Medicine
When transferring your medicine, be sure to triple-check the medicine box or bottle to verify the required dosage and determine the number of pills you have to take in a single dose.
Put a week’s worth of that single medicine by placing one pill or tablet into each slot that corresponds to the days of the week. If you’re using a pillbox with an am/pm slot, then you can split the doses as may be necessary.
When you move your medication into a weekly pill box, you have to remember that the actual prescription label is no longer handy and readily available, so it's imperative to exercise due diligence in filling the compartments, remember as much as you can about the medications you’re taking.
Once finished, lock the compartments/slots, and if there’s any indication that the lids do not lock in place, replace the pill box as soon as you can. You don’t want to miss your medication just because a pill decides to have an excursion somewhere in your bag.
Another practical step that we suggest is to set up an alarm in your phone calendar or any mobile device to help remind you of the dosages you need to take.
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