|Are you currently taking medicine for your blood pressure?
I do. I take Bactrim and Exforge.
Do you take other medication as well?
I do...and supplements too.
You and I both know that remembering to take any medicine regularly can be a hassle to some people; especially if we have to take more than one medication at a time.
Here are a few tips that might help you remember because it is very important you do not forget to take your blood pressure medication.
Some people have found that purchasing little pill boxes can help you
organize your pills and keep track of your schedule. You can purchase
pill boxes that have a compartment for every day of the week. You put
all the pills you need to take into each box for each day. You can
purchase these almost anywhere and they do come in handy for those that
I have even recently seen a little "calendar" that fastens to the side of a pill bottle. You flip over a tab each time you take a dose.
If you take medicine regularly you might try keeping it on your
bathroom sink. When you finish getting ready or even just brushing your
teeth, you can take your medicine. Have your blood pressure medicine
and any other medication that you have to take right there. This is a
great easy reminder.
However, recent research has shown that some pills absorb more moisture in rooms like the bathroom and kitchen, and this makes them a bit less effective. You are more likely to encounter this in some daily multivitamins and supplements, but you might want to do a little research and find out if your medication's effectiveness will be diminished by exposure to moisture.
Another tip is to establish a routine.
Taking your blood pressure pills at the same time every day will
eventually get you in the habit and you won't forget. If you have to
take your medicine with food you could always take them every day with
your lunch. Getting in the habit of this is a great way to never forget
your blood pressure pills again.
There are many people who simply stick notes everywhere to remind them to do something.
Remembering to take your blood pressure medicine is no different.
Put up a note on
your fridge or on your computer at work. Every other day, or perhaps
every week, change the color of the note and place it in a different
spot; on the phone, the mirror, the fridge, wherever you will be most
likely to see it. The same note in the same spot
day-after-day tends to become invisible.
My wife has a trick for remembering to take her medication that works for her.
She has no problem remembering to take her morning dose of one medicine, but had a problem remembering
whether or not she took the second dose that evening. She got
a small container, and, when she got her morning dose, put the evening
pill in the container. That way, she knew at a glance whether
or not she had taken the second dose!
A really great way some use to remember to take their blood
pressure medicine is with their own little personal chart. You might
try using different color pens or pencils if you have different
medications to take. This is a very neat and organized way to keep
track and to help you remember.
If none of these seem to work for you, you might try having a friend or
relative give you a quick call during the day to remind you. While this
might sound effective, even it may not work as well for some as for
others. If you take your blood pressure medicine while you are on the
phone with them it can be very helpful. If they just call to tell you
and then you hang up, you might forget in that time.
I have ADHD, and remembering to do something after I hang up is a bit
of a challenge. Heck, I quit taking my ADHD medicine because
I had so many other things to remember! Good news is that I
did find that a B-12 supplement works almost as well for me as
Adderall. However, I have to remember to take it as well!
If you have a computer and are savvy enough you could set up a reminder
using one of the programs that comes with most computeres these days.
You can also find free services that will do this for you and send you
a reminder email. Have it tell you to take your blood pressure and have
it repeat until you have taken it and then delete it. Make it do this
daily and you will remember to take your blood pressure medicine.
If you do not have something on your computer which will work, you can find and download free reminder software at http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/.
With a little thought, you can probably come up with your own creative
ways of remembering to take your blood pressure medication. Try a few
different ways and see what works best for you.
Once you get into a routine of taking your blood pressure medication,
you shouldn't have a problem remembering to take it.
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