Secure and informed: How to organize your Pills and Scripts

lay2In a 2015 Washington Post article, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that over 60% of adult Americans, or three out of every five, used some form of prescription drug. In the same year, the National Institutes of Health reported that half of all Americans use vitamins, and spend $36.7 billion each year on the supplements.

 

That’s a pile of pills to track. Keeping what you take organized and secure requires a few basic steps.

Getting organized: it starts with your doctor(s)

It’s all about communication: Talk with all your physicians and inform each as to what you take and who is prescribing medications. Inform them as to your supplement and OTC drug use, as certain supplements interfere with prescription medications.

Even if you are perfectly healthy, see your doctors regularly: Get an annual physical and blood work to check for signs of drug interaction issues or drugs that are no longer working.

Keep a list of dosage and drug changes: Keep track of what you’ve used, how much and the side effects. If you change doctors, you have this information immediately available to avoid interaction issues. (Visit MYPILLIST application Pillrite’s website for recording and maintaining your medical information)

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Keep a list of your medications with you: A card in your wallet is an easy way for emergency medical personnel to know (descriptive medical documentation available in Pillist . Or use a smart phone app, such as Medsafe, a web application in plicate which manages multiple prescriptions and reminds you when it’s time for a dose.

Pharmacy protocol: the best use of time and money

Automatic vs. call-in refills: For those who get too busy or forgetful to call for refills, putting medications on auto-fill is an advantage. The pharmacy will fill the prescription when it is due, and usually call or email the doctor upon the final refill. Call-in refills keep cost control in the hands of the consumer, and can prevent wasteful refills if a drug type or dosage changes.

Mail order pharmacy vs. retail store: Mail order is convenient and can save money, especially for medicines you use regularly. But drug shipments arrive late, get lost, stolen, damaged or wasted when a dosage changes after a shipment arrives. And when you use the retail pharmacy, you communicate with a person who knows you, not an “800” number.

At home or away: store drugs in a safe place

Prescription medication theft is a critical issue: whether it is the teenager stealing Grandma’s pills or hospital volunteers and staff siphoning off supplies from their own pharmacy, drug diversion costs insurers over $100 billion annually. Proper prescribing, storage and disposal of medicines plays a major role in lowering both the financial and human cost.

Visit Pillrite’s website for a medicine organization system to store and manage your prescriptions for up to a month.

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Taking Your Medications can be Frustrating

Grandfather357Let’s face it, taking your medication consistently as prescribes is no easy task.  Keeping everything organized can be challengeing to say the least. If you take medications regularly, you probably know how easy it can be to miss a dose or take the wrong dose by accident. You also may know how tempting it can be to adjust or skip doses on your own, without your doctor’s consent. So, it’s not always easy to be consistent when taking your medication.  Taking your medication as directed is a decision YOU make most of the time. But it can be made easier when you look around and find the right tools to help manage your medication.

The Importance of Taking Your Medications Correctly

To get maximum benefit from your medications, it is important to take them exactly as prescribed by your doctor. In fact, your chance of a better health outcome improves when you take your medications as directed.  Medicines can help you feel better. But if medicines are taken incorrectly, they can make you feel worse. Backing up this idea are studies showing better outcomes for patients who consistently take their pills.

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Always talk to your doctor

Be sure to discuss your medication with your doctor. Ask what is the medication for, how long and how do I need to take it, are there any adverse effects I should be aware of when taking this drug. Let your doctor know about any other medications you are taking and  if you are taking supplements.  It can be a good to talk to your Pharmacist if you have any addition questions.

Get Organized

Have a list that includes all your emergency information and contacts as well as any allergies you may have.  On this list include all medications and supplements and when and why you take them, as well as the dose you are taking. Keep this list next to your medications to refer to when you fill your pillbox. Use a pillbox to assure you have taken your dose and to do not take a double dose. Develop a medication schedule so that it becomes part of your daily routine. Take medication right after eating breakfast, or right before going to bed or before or after you brush your teeth. Always have a glass of water by your medications. Having habits and routines around taking your medication can help to maintain a healthy approach to taking your pills. And please see if PillRite pill management system is right for you.

How Not Taking Medicine as Prescribed Led to 125,000 People’s Death in 2016

world-1185076_960_720According to the American Heart Association, in 2016, 125,000 deaths were related to people not taking their medicine as directed. One of the reasons why people are unable to take their medicines properly is because they forget to take it. Other times, they do not want to go through the hassle of filling up their pillbox at the end of each week, which can be time consuming and frustrating.

The Consequences of Forgetting and Putting It Off for Later Are Dire
Even though most people use a pillbox to take their daily medicine, they forget or neglect to fill the pillbox. Why do they forget or neglect to restock the pillbox? To them, it feels like a never-ending chore, one they must do each week. Not taking their medication can lead them to fall ill. To make restocking medicine feel less like a chore, they need a solution.
The Solution: A Revolutionized NEW Pillbox

Our twice daily and four-week pillbox called PillRite eliminates the need to restock the pillbox with medication at the end of each week to managing it on a monthly basis. If you or someone you know finds filling their pillbox a hassle, you need to invest in our revolutionary solution that makes stocking and taking medication a breeze.
Your health is in your own hands! Do not take chances with your health by stopping your medication without consulting with your doctor first. A helpful tip to ensure you take your medicine on time is to use the PillRite and to incorporate taking your medication around daily habits, like brushing your teeth.
Moreover, the PillRite’s caddy style allows you to carry it everywhere with ease. It also comes with a travel bag to carry a one week supply of medication for traveling. If you are a caregiver or work in an elder care facility, looking after the elderly, you will find our pillbox, PillRite, a useful solution. PillRite will help you take care of you and your loved ones by bettering health outcomes.