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Remembering to Take Medicine

If you or a family member needs to take medication on regular basis it is important to remember to take it at on the proper days and times. Forgetting to take your pills could be very bad for your health. This is a page about remembering to take medicine.


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By 1 found this helpful
January 7, 2016

If you are taking a pill every day and have a hard time remembering whether you have taken it or not, you can write the day on the pill bottle label every day to keep track. This keeps the record with the bottle and saves you the bother of dealing with a day-of-the-week dispenser.

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By 8 found this helpful
June 9, 2011

I have one of those 7 day vitamin/ herbal supplement containers, and every week I fill it up with the week's takings. When I put it into the kitchen cabinet, by the end of the week I managed to miss one or two day's worth. I guess the old saying "out of sight out of mind" fits this every week.


In order to remember, I glued a magnetic strip length wise on the bottom of the container. The magnetic box now sits on the side of the refrigerator and I see it when I enter the kitchen. This would work well for someone who needs to take daily medications and can't miss a dosage.

I used E-6000 glue; it works the best. I don't think super glue will hold or last very long.

By xintexas from San Antonio, TX

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By 6 found this helpful
June 22, 2019

I don't know about you but when I have to take a medication more than one time a day, I can't remember if I've taken it and when the next time is I'm supposed to take it. I remedied this by making a pill reminder band for the pill bottle by using a couple post-it notes.


  1. You use two post-it notes of the same size, attaching them to each other to make one larger note.
  2. You divide by drawing lines on the post-it note, dividing it into 1 inch bands. You cut on the lines you've made to make three separate bands.
  3. You wrap the band around the outside of the bottle with the sticky side up so that it attaches to itself and makes a nice even band that slides up and down on the medication bottle.
  4. You write the times you are to take the medication on the band. If you need to view information on the bottle, it is easily removed or slid up or down to read whatever it is you have to read.
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  6. I cross out the times as I take the pills. The band will allow you a week's worth of writing space. You could even write a letter indicating the day of the week next to the time. And by all means, get better and take all your medication unless otherwise advised by your physician.
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By 5 found this helpful
May 12, 2011

If you have to take medication every day or more, and don't always remember if you take it, get into the habit of writing on a calendar the time of day or night every time you take it.

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March 14, 2012

I sort out most of my medicines into a weekly pill box. There is one that won't fit, it is a chewable tablet.


I take it twice a day at no specific times. I have the bottle on the bathroom counter.

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February 22, 2016

As emergency medical service professionals, we despise pill containers that hold the doses of all medications by day or time. When we ask the patient what their medications are, they hand us, or point out the pill pack containers. We can NOT identify the medications by that, nor can the hospital ER staff.

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December 11, 20041 found this helpful

When my husband needs medication refilled, he puts it on our computer desk right beside our phone where I will see it and remember to call it in and get it refilled for him. By Robin

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By 3 found this helpful
August 29, 2008

I used to be so sleepy when I'd go to the bathroom to take my morning pill that later in the day I couldn't remember if I'd taken my pill or not.

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By 2 found this helpful
June 29, 2012

I set the recurring alarm on my cell phone. I may not hear it immediately when it goes off, but I'll see it sooner than later as I look at my phone quite often.

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October 31, 20040 found this helpful

Always forgetting if you remembered to take your pills at noon? Here's an easy and cheap way to keep track. Using an egg carton, number the cups with the hours of the day from rising to bedtime. Place the appropriate dosage of each pill in the correctly numbered cup. Viola! No more missed doses.


By Suzanne S.

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