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#1 of 4 Old 09-20-2011, 04:19 PM - Thread Starter
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My husband is on a few different rx's some 1x a day some 2x some specifically in the morning and others at night. He is notorious for not taking them regularly or on time. He has used the pill boxes before but he doesn't keep up on them. 


Anyone have any good ideas for reminders and tracking? He has an iPhone and I was debating suggesting an app, but he already had reminders set up in ical and then he just doesn't take them because he is busy doing something else when it goes off and then he forgets. 


So I'm wondering if a dry erase board set up where he can mark that he took them would help. At least I can refer to it and ask him if I don't see it marked, unlike with the app. 


Anyone tried it in a similar type situation? Other ideas?

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Some pharmacies can do blister packs up for him. Although its the same as the pill box idea.

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For me whatever system has to be handy when I take the meds. 


I have been know to tape a sheet of paper to the inside of the cupboard door where we keep meds so we can cross off doses when we give them to the kids. Saved a lot of the "I thought you gave it to her" conversations we were having. We've had it on the front of the fridge for antibiotics that needed to be kept chilled.


FWIW I'm much better at crossing off doses as I give them than I am at writing down that I've given it.


Is there anything else your DH is doing as he takes the meds? Maybe rethinking where they are stored so they easily form part of another routine. For example I stick my insulin pen on the table as I'm laying it so its generally there when I need it. It is rather easy to think oh I'll get it in a minute and then it's an hour later before I think about it again.


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hmmm good questions. I'll have to ask him. He had been on 1x a day only until this week, so he was taking them in the morning before I got up. Now he has to create a new routine for the regime since he has both morning and evening meds. 

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