Unless you have the memory of an elephant, you probably forget to take your medicine now and then. That’s especially likely if you take several different medicines. To help you remember, try these tips from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other health organizations:
Keep them in your line of sight. Put your medicine where you’ll see it during your normal daily routine. For instance, keep it next to your toothbrush or by your bed. If your medicine is taken with food, keep it on the kitchen table.
Make it a family affair. Ask a family member or friend to call every day and remind you to take your medicine.
Get a “medicine reminder” wristwatch or pager. It will beep or vibrate when it’s time to take your pills.
Go mobile. If every day you use a computer or mobile digital device – such as a BlackBerry or iPhone – you can set up an automatic email, scheduling, or other reminder program.
Try using one of these reminder strategies. You may find you won’t need to keep a string tied around your finger to remind you to take your medications!