Tips for Taking Medication

Published Online: Saturday, May 1, 2004

When pharmacists encounter patients forgetting to take their blood pressure medications, they should offer the following tips from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:

  • Put a photo of themselves on the refrigerator with a note reminding them to take their medication
  • Keep their medication on the nightstand next to their side of the bed
  • Keep their pills with their toothbrush, and take the pills immediately after brushing their teeth
  • Put the medication in a weekly pillbox
  • Start a buddy system with a friend who is also on daily medication, and take turns calling each other daily
  • Have a friend leave a reminder on the patient's answering machine, and tell the patient not to erase the message

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