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Remembering to Take Your Heart Medicine

Remembering to take your heart medicine can be difficult, especially if you take more than one. Tips to remind yourself include placing "sticky notes" in prominent places, setting an alarm, and using a weekly pillbox with separate compartments. By remembering to take your heart medicine, you can help prevent a relapse or complications associated with the disease.

Tips for Remembering to Take Your Heart Medicine

"Take your medicine." It sounds simple, but there can be a lot to remember when you take regular medication -- especially if you're using more than one. To make the process easier, try these tips:
  • Place "sticky notes" in visible places to remind yourself to take your medicines. You might put a note on the fridge, on the bathroom mirror, or on the inside of your front door.
  • Use a weekly pillbox with separate compartments, available at most drugstores. Keep the box on your kitchen counter or another place where you'll see it frequently throughout the day.
  • Use a pill calendar or drug reminder chart. Many doctors' offices make them available to patients on request.
  • Wear a wristwatch with an alarm. Set the alarm to remind you when you should take your medicine.
  • If you use a computer daily, program a startup reminder to take your medicines, or sign up with a free service that will send you a daily reminder e-mail.
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