Organize Medications and Vitamins

 

 Organize Medications and Vitamins

I have a smarter way to organize medications and vitamins. Are you ready for the flu season? It’s coming fast and furiously.

I wasn’t well prepared if a family member gets sick or injured. Furthermore, medications and first aid were spread out all over the house between two bathrooms and the kitchen.

To further complicate things, I thought it would be a good idea to have a basket for each of

  • supplies
  • vitamins
  • prescriptions
  • first aid and gloves

Well, that didn’t work out as well as planned …at …all.

Organizing The System

I scrapped that idea and started over.

We had a rolling plastic four drawer all-purpose chest.  You see these in office supply stores, Walmart, etc.

Next, I emptied out all the drawers most of which was trash took it outside and grabbed my favorite power tool- my pressure washer!

A pressure washer is one of those grown-up toys. So, anything within reach of the sprayer will be washed thoroughly.  A delightful way to take out my O.C.D.

Moving on to the task at hand, I decided to concentrate on cleaning the cart.  Just the cart.  To be honest, it was icky.

 Now on to Organize Medications and Vitamins

Next, I came inside and corralled all the baskets, and one shoebox full of miscellaneous medications, Rx and over the counter drugs.

Some medications had expired. I was overwhelmed by the amount of sorting I needed to do. Therefore, I would be needing coffee to continue…..ahhhh, much better.

Now after organizing medications and vitamins, it was time to put them in the new medicine cart.

  • First, in the top drawer, I placed over the counter medications, cough, and cold, allergy, pain relief, indigestion and thermometer.
  • Next, in the second drawer was dedicated to prescribed medications only
  • Then, in the third drawer was perfect for vitamins and supplements because it was larger and deeper.
  • Finally, the bottom drawer was ideal for first aid. Burn sprays and gel, band-aids, gauze, and gloves, as well as alcohol and peroxide. A heating pad for body aches is a great addition to this system.

Web MD has this to say about Organizing Medications and Vitamins,

No. 1. Use a Pill Organizer

They’re simple, cheap, and do the job. Look for pillboxes at your local pharmacy.

They come with separate sections for days of the week and times of the day. This allows you to sort drugs according to exactly when you need to take them.

Most medications can be stored in compartments with other drugs for short periods of time without interacting. But check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure.

Other variations on the theme: Try automatic pill dispensers that help you organize your pills. Or put medications in different colored bottles for separate times of the day.

You can also ask your pharmacy for pills that come in “multi-dose” packages. They group meds that need to be taken together into packets marked with the date and time. Make sure you don’t order too many in advance, th

Whichever way you go, make sure organizers are filled correctly. It’s easy to drop two pills where there should only be one or put the wrong medicine into a bottle.

No. 2. Set a Schedule

It’s easier to remember your pills if you take them at the same time and in the same place, preferably at home. It’s even better if you can hitch your pill schedule to your regular routine. For instance, take them with breakfast or when you brush your teeth at night.

Have a plan for filling your pill organizer, too. Do it on the same day each week or each month.

No. 3. Keep Your Pills in One Place

It will help keep you from forgetting to take your meds. Choose an obvious, visible location, like your nightstand or dresser, or next to the coffee maker.

Does someone else in your household take medications, too? Consider keeping theirs in the same place, too. But be sure you can easily identify which pills belong to whom. Try different color pillboxes, for example, and be sure everything is clearly labeled.

No. 4. Set an Alarm

You can do this on your phone, computer, or watch to remind yourself to take your pills.

Program your phone or computer to send you an email or text message when it’s time for your meds.  There are apps that can help, too. Research shows that technology can really help you stick to a schedule.

No. 5. Make a Checklist

A written chart that shows which medications to take and when to take them is another good way to stay organized. You can find them online or make your own.

Include the name of the medicine, the dose, when you take it, and what the pill looks like.  Also mark any special instructions, such as whether it should be taken with food.

Leave space to check off that you’ve taken each dose. Update your drug list as soon as you change prescriptions.

No. 6. Talk to Your Doctor and Pharmacist

If taking medication several times a day is confusing, ask your doctor if he can prescribe an alternative that can be taken less frequently.

Remember that your pharmacist is an important part of your health care team. Your drugstore’s computer system stores a list of your medications. He or she may be able to help you draw up a checklist.

If you’re on a Medicare drug plan, you may be eligible for medication counseling through a free program called Medication Therapy Management.  Thank You WebMD

Label the lids

In the vitamin and supplements drawer, place a permanent marker in there to label the lids.

In the Rx medications drawer, include your dispensers and pill cutter and crusher. Finally, to add to the wellness chest is a box of tissues/wipes and a bottle of water to complete the system.

Be Ready For Whatever Ails You 

So to conclude this segment, why did I choose a chest with wheels? Because when my loved ones are not well, I can move the cart to their location, be it bedside, couch or recliner.

In conclusion, it’s a good idea to write a shopping list to pick things up now while you’re well.  I hate going to the pharmacy when I feel like death to get cough medicine and tissues.

Having everything you need and ready to go allows you to take action at the first sign of illness. You can be proactive and get on top of your flu symptoms before the symptoms become severe. Furthermore, you may even be able to head it off or shorten the duration of the flu.

Please feel free to leave your kind comments below or let me know if you have any questions.  I would love to hear how you Organize Medications and Vitamins.

Thank you for stopping by.

I’m Karen with Embracing Aging

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