Ideas to remember taking meds please!

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   Posted 11/17/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
OK I know we talk about this every so often, but I need some ideas personalized for my personality.  I have not taken my meds in a while (yeah I have done this before and I know it is stupid becuase I always feel better when i go back).  My husband will not be my reminder-partly cause he gets frustrated if I don't remember and partly 'cause he is so busy right now too.
I am a structure and rule person.  I even make up rules when there are none so I can make things easier.  I always say that the original book version of Cheaper by the Dozen should have been my family---efficiency experts rule!  I work from my house now so my pills are always close by (problem because I say I can always take them later)
So any "rules" or systems i can put in place to get back on the pill band wagon?  i am taking all ideas as the last few "mind games" I played with myself have not worked.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 11/17/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Ha - I was going to say my husband reminds me a lot lol -

After breakfast and lunch, before dinner, before bed?

Sorry that doesn't help much.

I keep mine in the bathroom and take them after going lol - nothing like going to remind you why you take them.

If you use outlook set yourself appointments four times a day every day for the next 4 weeks until you are in the habit.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 11/17/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
For my morning and evening meds, I take them right before I brush my teeth. They are in the bathroom right next to my toothbrush.:-)
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   Posted 11/17/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I try to get into the same routine or time for taking them. Nexium and first dose of sulfasalzine are easiest for me -- when I get up in the morning. I've started taking my vitamins in a pill case to work and taking them with lunch(have to admit this only worked for a little while).

Can you put a reminder on your cell phone, so that it alerts you to pill taking time? Honestly, the better I feel the worse I am about taking my meds.......

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   Posted 11/17/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually dont have a problem remembering to take my meds...morning and night, but recently I got put on an antibotic that I need to take 4 times a day, and I get confused and cant remember how many Ive taken and whatnot..SO I set two alarms on my cell phone one for around noon, and the other around 4pm, so when my alarm goes off I know its time to take my meds =)

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly), 10mg Pred (tapering), Nexium, B12 injections.

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   Posted 11/17/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I only have to take my Crohn's meds in the morning, so I take them right when my alarm clock goes off. I have them on my nightstand with a bottle of water waiting for me. Do you carry a cell phone with you? Cell phones have alarms you can set -- every time the alarm goes off you know it's pill time. Haha, can you tell alarms work for me. Good luck!

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   Posted 11/17/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a wrist watch that has four alarms on it.
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   Posted 11/17/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   

thanls for reminding me to take my antibiotic! lol.. see, this forum is excellent for this type of thing!
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   Posted 11/17/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I take them in the AM. All 18+ pills!

Habs RULE!

hmmm I have been feeling sick as long as they have been playing bad

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   Posted 11/17/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have one of those handy dandy pill organizers/dispensers? The kind you load for the entire week? I use one for my son's supplements that has just a.m. and p.m., but I've seen them made for 3 and 4 times a day. At least using this you can tell by looking if you've taken what you're supposed to take! Very handy! Also good for traveling! My son is a "structure and rule person" too, so he really likes this system!
Mom to 16 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

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   Posted 11/17/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone already gave my idea.....and that is to set the alarm on your cell phone. Whenever there is something I need to remember thats what I do.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 11/17/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I use a pill box to remember my meds it helps me.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
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   Posted 11/17/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
The automatic pillboxes w/ timers are great. It will go off and keep reminding you until you get up and open the pill door. Can't ignore that. It's a pain if you change around your pills and schedule too often though. This even worked great for my grandmother w/ memory problems. She thought it was funny that we shared the pill taking in common.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, but Ive gone rogue and med-free to nurse.

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   Posted 11/17/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I had trouble remembering to take all the extra supplements, somehow I decided that at bedtime I would take them and would be brushing my teeth for bed and that was my cue to take them - works for me anyway :)

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   Posted 11/17/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I use my cell phone alarm, I can use it for up to three reminders/day. I also use the calender feature to remind me, it can be set for daily reminders.

I actually used a deactivated cell phone for the alarm features when I had a particularly busy week.

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   Posted 11/18/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys. I tried the cell phone, but I often could not hear it and it meant not building my needed "routine".
Navy....I had one of those watches once. I need to get one again. I think that helped because it was always with me and always could be heard
I like the pill box with the timer...I have never seen one with a timer. I am going to have to do a google search and find one.
Thanks everyone.
ps I did take my morning pills's a start!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
This is the style I used, but I'm sure you can find a better price somewhere:
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, but Ive gone rogue and med-free to nurse.

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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I do well with my morning and evening meds. It's the asacol in the middle of the day that is hard for me to remember. I can be out and about, or busy and completely forget. But usually it's just a routine, that keeps me remembering. My husband can't remember his own stuff in life, so I can't depend on him to remind me! LOL

I've got a BIG old pill organizer. Otherwise I'd never remember what I've taken and what I haven't. It's got sections for 7 days, and morning, noon, evening, and bed time. That does help keep me on track too.

Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

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