Forgetting to take scheduled medication happens to everyone, whether you had a hectic morning, a long day at work, or you left it at home. Many think skipping daily medication won’t hurt, but the truth is it compromises your health by removing the medication your body needs to stabilize your diabetes.
Studies show patients who consistently take their medication have better health outcomes, and those who inconsistently take meds have a higher risk of health complications.
Make medications a consistent part your care by following these tips.
Tip #1: Follow your daily reminders
Wellsmith will remind you a few hours in advance, then notify you when it’s time to take your medication. If you are missing these reminders, ask your Care Team to change the time to one that works for you, or set an alarm on your phone to remind you.
Tip #2: Make meds a part of your routine
Morning routines can become second nature, so scheduling your meds during this time is an easy way to make it a habit.
Leave your meds in a place you see every morning like next to your toothbrush or coffee machine. This will remind you to take it with breakfast or after a meal. If your medication dosage is twice a day, apply this same practice to your night routine.
Tip # 3: Understand your medication
Understanding the benefits of your medication will help you prioritize taking it and remove the excuse “is this really important?”
If you don’t understand what you are taking and how it helps, message your Care Team for details.
Tip #4: Use a pill box
If you are always on-the-go, organize your weekly meds in portable pill box and keep them in your bag. This removes the burden of having to take them before you leave the house, and the freedom to do it wherever the reminder hits.