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How do you remember to take your medication?

Hello-I'm new here-I was diagnosed with epilepsy about 2 yrs ago. I had a seizure shortly after my son was born, and the EEG revealed epilepsy.

I've been taking Lamictal 100mg in the morning and evening, and for the past few weeks I've been having a lot of trouble remembering to actually take it. I think partly this is due to some kind of resentment that I have to take it-if that makes any sense?

I use a pill box, keep it by my nightstand, kept a small stash of lamictal in the kitchen incase I'm too lazy to actually get the pill box out of the bedroom. Honestly, the time comes to take it, I have every intention of taking it and the I wake up or get to work and realize that I didn't take it. I understand the dangers of inconsistency, and I really need to get better at this.

Thanks in advance!

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I've been taken meds since I was a kid.
The way I remember take my meds dont use pill box.
I take them when I get up,noon,dinner and bedtime.
Belinda

You sound like my wife! I have to keep track of hers too. :-) I keep mine in the kitchen; the way I remember is to take mine is to do it 1st thing when I get up in the morning & 1st thing when I get home from work. No matter what is going on, I've "trained" myself to this method. It works well enough to where I don't need a pill box. Good luck.
Doug

My son (19 yrs old) keeps is meds by his bed. He takes them everynight before going to sleep and in the morning when he gets up. If he goes out (weekends) he takes his meds before he leaves. (at this age they don't go out until 9-10pm. If he sleeps out he puts his meds in a baggie and labels them am/pm. In 6 1/2 years he's never missed a dose.

My 17 year old daughter has a pill box, divided into a.m. and p.m. She keeps it in her bathroom and takes her meds as she's washing and brushing her teeth in the morning and at night. It has worked well for her and we have better compliance. It is a box that allows each day to separate from the others and is handy when she's going on a sleepover. Sometimes when things become so automatic and it's like being on autopilot, it's hard to remember if you took them or not. One glance at the pill box will tell you.

I have the identical pill box, Sue. It is seven days worth of am and pm boxes.

I would suggest NOT having the extra stash of pills to go to. It defeats the entire purpose of using the box to remind you! Sue is correct: All it takes is a quick glance to know whether or not you've taken your meds.

After 40 years of medicine taking, I have to say this is what works best for me.

Buona fortuna! Good luck!
Anna

"...Only God never changes." St. Theresa of Avila

I keep a pill box set up for one week, and I keep it in the kitchen instead of the bathroom. Was told by several drs. that keeping medication in a damp area can make it ineffective. Also, after taking each dose, I leave the lid open so I will know at a glance if I have taken that dose. It helps my husband to keep track of whether I have taken it.

i have to use a pill box just to remind me if i took my meds or not.what i do is set an alarm at my night stand for my first dose in the morning and if that doesnt work (if i ignore it) i set my cellphone to remind me as a back up and to remind me of the doses to follow.i also try to eat at the same time everyday so when i eat i should take my meds.my sister and mom also have their alarms on their cellphones remind them when its time for my medication and they call me to remind me to take my meds.i am also new to seizures so i know how hard it is to adapt to taking meds everyday and i understand the resentment of having to take meds.because having to take them to me ,is to admit that things have changed and i NEED to take them.

I use a pill box, with morning and evening, because I only take meds twice a day. I take so many different things, it just makes it easier to put them in a pill box. The routine is, wake up, take pills, before going to bed, take pills. Sad story of my life.

Hi Mommy,
My husband was horrible at remembering his pills when he was switched from one dose at nite to an AM/PM dosage regime..so we set his cell phone AM/PM, got the box for all week & AM/PM. And still we all ask him AM/PM--"did you take your pills?" It's almost a mantra around here!! We keep his pills in the kitchen...he has to walk by them multiple times during the day...he is at last taking them on time w/out too much delay..but now it's habit for us to ask...I've even gotten dinner to coincide more or less w/his pill time, so he takes the nite dose at dinner, which helps avoid the stomach problem-he is also taking Lamictal. I think keeping them in the kitchen and in the box has really helped, it's more of a central place for the family, and having them all in one place has helped me make sure his medications get ordered in a timely manner, instead of the "OMG, what do you mean you are out of pills" drama we used to have monthly. I'm thinking of getting one for myself,as I am not remembering my medications as well as I should..altho him not taking his has a much more detremental result!

Good luck,
Kathy

Another problem is getting meds re-filled seeing as how us epileptics can just jump in the car and go get our meds re-filled whenever we run out. I was recently put on disability and want to see about mail-order re-fills. I worked for a company once that our insurance would only fill maintenance meds like this except in case of an emergency. (Lost or screwed up mail order) This way, my re-fills always showed up at least a week before I ran out. The only thing that screwed it up was a med or dosage change. Most employers ins. companies have a plan like this because for 1, it's cheaper for them, and 2, it guarantees that you have your meds when you need them. Check with your work ins. (if you are lucky enough to have it) to see if they will re-fill this way. Plus, it was always nice to get something in the mail besides medical bills.

Something that worked wonders for my husband was a pillbox that has a timer built in it. I got it at the local drugstore and it has been an absolute lifesaver.

oh yes, we also have a nite dose in the truck, in my purse and he keeps one in his pocket, so that if we are ever caught out past pill time, he has a dose to take.
kathy

Its easy at home because my "medicine reminder" is my daughter. She is constantly asking me if I have taken my meds. I feel really bad for her because the only time she saw me have a seizure was pretty intense and it has stayed with her. I hate that she feels she must "protect" me from this happening again.

Otherwise, my biggest problem is the morning dose because we are always running trying to get off to school/work. So what I do is keep a separate pill box in my purse so I always have a backup in case I forget.

Hi,

I keep my pills in a pill box beside my bed. Not so much to remember to take them but to keep them somewhere in a safe place in an organised fashion and can see when I need to refill again. much easier. I remember by taking them when i get up in the morning, and taking them in the evening when I get home from work which would be 12 hours later. I bring my evening pills with me to work though just in case I happen to be working late and then I would take them at work instead. It's a habit more than anything else!

To Believe: Find a reason why you take your meds. TV show, daily event timer. I still use the wake up take meds, go to bed take meds method, but you need to find something that works for you.

HI BOBBYSMOMMY, I HAVE A BRAIN INJURY, AND FOUND NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRIED, I COULD NOT REMEMBER TO TAKE MY MEDS. I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND THE PILL BOX METHOD, AND HAVE STRUGLED FOR YEARS.
I HOWEVER, DID FIND SOMETHING THAT HAS HELPED ME ENORMOUSLY. EACH NIGHT, I PUT ALL THE MEDS I NEED TO THE NEXT MORNING, IN AN OLD PILL BOTTLE, AND SET IT ON MY DRESSER.
I HAVE AN ALARM CLOCK WITH TWO ALARMS. SO AT NIGHT, I SET THE ALARM FOR THE FIRST TIME I NEED TO TAKE MY MEDS IN THE MORNING, AND I ALL READY HAVE THE PILLS, IN THE BOTTLE, SET BACK ON MY DRESSER. I THEN SET THE ALARM FOR THE SECOND TIME I HAVE TO TAKE THE MEDS.
IN THE MORNING, AFTER I TAKE THE FIRST DOSE, I HAVE ALL READY SET THE ALARM FOR THE SECOND DOSE, SO I KNOW ALL I NEED TO DO IS PUT THE NEXT MEDS IN THE NOW EMPLY PILL BOTTLE.
I FOLLOW THE SAME PROCEEDURE AND RESET THE ALARM ALL DAY, AND EACH TIME, TAKE THE MEDS. AND THEN PUT IN WHAT I NEED TO TAKE NEXT. ONCE YOU GET THE HANG OF IT, IT REALLY WORKS. I ALSO DO IT FOR THE MEDS I NEED TO TAKE AT NIGHT. THAT WAY, I KNOW THAT I AM TAKING THE MEDS AT THE TIME PRESCRIBED, AND HAVE THEM SPACED EQUALLY.
THERE ALSO WRIST WATCHES WITH ALARMS, BUT I DO NOT HAVE ONE OF THEM YET. THIS TECHNIQUE HAS BEEN WORKING FOR ME, FOR MORE THAN A YEAR, AND IT IS THE FIRST TIME I AM ACTUALLY REMEMBERING. GRANTED, IT IS HARD WHEN THE ALARM RINGS AND YOU ARE HAVING A S., BUT SOMETIMES YOU JUST CAN'T CONTROL CIRCUMSTANCES, AND AT LEAST THIS WAY YOU ARE TAKING YOUR MEDS AS WELL AS YOU CAN, WITHOUT ENDANGERING YOURSELF.
MY POST ICTALS CAN LAST 6 HOURS, UNLESS I HAVE HAD OTHER S. INBETWEEN AND DON'T NOW IT, SO YES, THAT DOES MAKE IT DIFFICULT. HOWEVER, AT LEAST I AM NOT OVERDOSING MYSELF!!!
HOPE THIS HELPS YOU, IF NOTHING ELSE HAS! LORD KNOWS I TRIED EVERYTHING FOR YEARS!! JAN

i have timers around that go off when i need to take my meds and my pill containers are all out in the open where i can see them. not where i will forget about them. what if you have children you ask? well thts different then.

also i have an extra stash of everything i take in my purse for when im at work or just not home when i know im gonna have to be taking my meds.

p.s. on top of the fact that i have about a thousand different people nagging at me to remind me to take my medication...... im not bound to forget this time. my boyfriend (he's the worst but i love him anyway), my boss, my doctor, my asst. manager of the hotel, various relatives that see me.....

when life gives you lemons... smell an orange

Jacky99 your boyfriend isn't 'nagging' you to be a pain in the neck, he's reminding you because he loves you.

Woo......I HAVE to use a pill sorter so that I don't overdose. I've been taking meds for numerous health problems for almost 20 years, so I USUALLY remember to take it. However, I need a pill sorter because I take 6 different meds & my memory is very bad. So, I'd either end up not taking it or taking it too many times.
Lisa
"I have Epilepsy. But it does NOT have me!!!!"

I can remember to take them. It is getting a little more difficult now. Once in awhile I cant remember if I took them or not. When this happens I sit down and calmly think about anything different that happened when I took them to differentiate between all the other times I took them. Did I use water or juice? Was the bottle sitting on the left or right of the cabinet. Little things like this jar my memory and I recall taking them. If I dont remember taking them I take them.

I have the same problem. I travel a lot (almost weekly for work or play) and that makes the problem even worse. What I have chosen to do is keep my pills on me at all times in my purse and I have an alarm set on my cell phone that goes off twice a day. My phone is always in my purse as are my pills so when I turn the alarms off I automaticlally take my pills.
It is the only thing that works for me. And yes I resent my pills as well. :) Try to simplify things. Pill boxes only work if they are always with you.

I take them in the morning and night right after brushing my teeth. I keep them in a pill bottle by my bed. I tried the am/pm box and it did not work for me. If I forget one box I forget the other.

dear BOBBYSMOM what my wife and i do is use a pill box and i also set my cell phone for 8am take meds and 8pm take meds under the alarm settings and this works great as i could be watching tv phone goes off and i take my meds. try it really works

Basically, there's no forgetting.
you know that if you forget...there's a chance you might have a seizure.

i put an alarm every night before i go to bed for the night morning and night. i think over time you won't even have to think about it. its just gonna become routine, "oh...time to take my pills."

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