Securing your pain meds

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cogito
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   Posted 4/8/2011 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,


Most of my pills are in a hidden lock box. But I do have about 2 weeks worth beside my bed and I've felt uncomfortable about having them unsecured.

I found what looks like a very practical solution. Google "pill locker". It holds 4 standard pill bottles and uses a combination lock. Of course, it won't stop a real burglar, but it should be enough to stop someone from sneaking a few pills. If you have teens, guests who you don't fully trust, etc., you might be interested. I just ordered 2 from Amazon. They're also available at Walgreens.
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Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .25-.5mg ativan as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/10/2011 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Morning cogito! wink

I too like to keep a pain med or two beside my bed for ease of access, however with children in the house I just don't take a chance as I'm thinking "out of site out of mind"

The pill safe seems to be a good deterrent though for those who would like to go this route. I no longer keep med's beside my bed as I used to, and keep them locked up in a rather heavy and very secure safe.

Thanks for the suggestion though. Looks better than nothing!

SE

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_Christina
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   Posted 4/10/2011 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Up to now I have not secured my meds in any way. I keep them all in a small bin I move around as I want it, but it primarily lives on my dresser or beside my bed. Now that I am on stronger medications I have decided I need to change that.
My plan is to purchase one of those 2 or 3 drawer file cabnets that lock with a key and put that in my room. I move in less than a week, so I will pick it up directly after the move.
Treatments: gluten-free diet, Cpap
Medications: omeprazole, probiotic caps; multi-vitamin supplement; docusate sodium, fiber chews; zertec, ferrous sulfate, cymbalta, lamotrigine, ambien, alprazolam, plaquinil, sulfasalazine, methotrexate, leucovorin calicium, folic acid, motrin, tramadol, pennsaid, aspercream, nasonex, albuterol sulfate inhaler

Blessedx8
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   Posted 4/10/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I know I'm probably the exception to the rule.... but I keep my meds in a basket, on a high shelf, in my bedroom.  I'm on so many medications that I've taught my kids from a very young age about medication safety and so forth.  Other than my own family, though, not many people know all the meds I'm on.
 
I wouldn't advise this to everyone - but this is what works for me.  --Tina
Many, many health and pain issues.
Many meds - including Atenolol, Effexor, MS Contin, Dilaudid, Actiq (oral Fentanyl), Soma, Vitamin D, Iron (for anemia), Synthroid...and on the list goes.
Personal: I'm a Christian wife and mother; I have six sons and identical twin daughters.

momtofourangels
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   Posted 4/10/2011 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
We don't have children, so I keep mine in a ziploc bag in a box beside the coffee table and I can grab them easily when I need them. Our birds are not into trying to chew on it. They don't realize it's even there. It sure came handy the Friday night that I called 911 to go to the ER. All I had to do was grab the bag and my oxycodone off the coffee table and I was ready to go.

love and hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees

_Christina
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   Posted 4/10/2011 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My kids are entirely medication aware. They can read them, and they are aware of side effects caused by them. I have discussed how addicting they can be for some people, and how people who visit the house might try to take them. They are aware how difficult it is to replace them. But they are 6, 10, and 12, and at that age I was against smoking till I started smoking at 14, so I can't really be sure about anything.
Treatments: gluten-free diet, Cpap
Medications: omeprazole, probiotic caps; multi-vitamin supplement; docusate sodium, fiber chews; zertec, ferrous sulfate, cymbalta, lamotrigine, ambien, alprazolam, plaquinil, sulfasalazine, methotrexate, leucovorin calicium, folic acid, motrin, tramadol, pennsaid, aspercream, nasonex, albuterol sulfate inhaler

mrsm123
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   Posted 4/10/2011 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
The problem with pills safes and such is that if, in the event of a medical emergency you may not be able to tell anyone what medications you are on or where they are located.
I am like Mom, in that my children have been taught from the time they were little that medications, are just that, medication. We don't call it anything else in our home simply because we have seen friends tell little ones that a medication or vitamin was candy or something else to get them to take it, and that backfires in the event, that a little one finds the medication later on. They tend to think that it is just what mom or dad said it was....candy.
My medications are put up, where they are not in easy view or access to anyone but me, but my children do know where they are in the event that they ever needed to tell someone on my behalf.
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_Christina
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   Posted 4/11/2011 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else carry a complete updatable medication list including how much, how often, who perscribed it to you (or otc)and what its for? I have a foldout that also includes insurance numbers, allergies, my contact information, emergency contact information, list of regular drs and Dx, blood type. I carry it with the meds that I keep with me in my purse. Anytime I go to the dr I pull it out and they copy it. Saves me a lot if writing. My friends and family know where to find it, and that way if I have to run to the emergency room I don't have to carry the bag of meds. I carry a small amount of pain meds, anxiety meds, and asthma meds with me all the time.
Treatments: gluten-free diet, Cpap
Medications: omeprazole, probiotic caps; multi-vitamin supplement; docusate sodium, fiber chews; zertec, ferrous sulfate, cymbalta, lamotrigine, ambien, alprazolam, plaquinil, sulfasalazine, methotrexate, leucovorin calicium, folic acid, motrin, tramadol, pennsaid, aspercream, nasonex, albuterol sulfate inhaler

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/11/2011 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
      Yes I do Christina! I keep a list on my phone complete with the RX numbers. I keep phone numbers of the Pharmacy and Dr's offices as well. Every Dr visit they ask me for this information. I started this because my spelling is very poor and I could not for the life of me spell some of the medications I was taking.
 
     It is really a good idea to do this IMHO. It is also a very good idea for you're spouse to have this information as well in case of an emergency. My wife also has the combination to the Pill Safe. I made sure that we crossed trained each other just in case it was needed.
 
        SE wink
"The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present."

Blessedx8
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   Posted 4/11/2011 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep.... I have a printed out list of all of my meds; doctors' names/numbers and all of my health conditions. One here at home and one in my purse. I also print out an updated one and take to each doctor appointment i have.

--Tina
Many, many health and pain issues.
Many meds - including Atenolol, Effexor, MS Contin, Dilaudid, Actiq (oral Fentanyl), Soma, Vitamin D, Iron (for anemia), Synthroid...and on the list goes.
Personal: I'm a Christian wife and mother; I have six sons and identical twin daughters.

momtofourangels
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   Posted 4/11/2011 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have a list of my medications and the amounts and how many i take per day in my wallet and i let the dr. i go to make a copy of it and i take back the original, but it sounds like I should also add the name of my drs and the phone numbers and my pharmacy name and number just in case because I do take a few pain meds with me when I go out just in case I need them.

Christina. Where did you find the fold out where you could list all that information? I would like to have one of those to write all my information on.

love and hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees

bluejet2
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   Posted 4/12/2011 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I, too, have this type of card where I list all of my meds, dr's, etc. and I got it from my Pain Management doctors office.  They had them on the counter where you sign in/talk to the receptionist.  I have seen them in other doctor's offices as well.  Even if you don't see them out on display in the waiting room, I would ask if they have them or know where you could get one.
 
It has come in handy many times, saving me from writing it all out, plus it is a comfort to know that it is in my wallet at all times, in case I am ever not able to verbally communicate with medical personnel.
 
 

flower123
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   Posted 4/12/2011 5:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine are all locked up...but I want to buy a better safe. I don't like mine that much. They can be expensive though.

Alcie
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   Posted 4/12/2011 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I have my meds in a cupboard, but with grandchildren now able to climb and walking up to my house when I may not be home, I'll have to get a little lock box. There are some that will fit on the shelf.

I keep a small supply of meds in labeled pill bags in a zip bag in my purse for emergencies. I carry my day's supply in a little 4-compartment plastic box that comes in a case for the week.

I have my current meds in my wallet on a bright yellow business-size card. I update with a template I made using Word on my computer. The back of the card has the meds. The front of the card has my allergies and conditions. I printed sideways (using a table to make a box for the larger type header) the words Allergies and Medications on the end of the card. It shows up very well at the top of my credit cards!

I carry a brief medical history, allergies and med sensitivities, conditions and meds on full sheets of paper folded in half in a plastic zipper case that a pillow case came in in my purse. It was very handy when I was in a wreck! It's important to have that handy so I'm not given meds I don't tolerate - a typed page and a half of them. The plastic case keeps papers clean and not crunched.
Alcie
 
 

_Christina
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   Posted 4/12/2011 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I had several cards that I could get from the Dr's offices, but they never had spaces for everything I wanted to put, and eventually not enough lines for the number of medications I take.  I decided to make it myself.
I started by trying to type it out and print it, but it was awfully complicated so when I needed to change it (again) I did it this way.
 
I made my own fold out by taking a business card and tracing it onto a peice of paper. (I have made one typed, but I wanted the wording to go in diffrent directions on the front and back) I traced a grid with 4 sections top to bottom, and 2 sections side by side. It was slightly less than a full sheet of letter size paper. I folded it in half first (longway), the accodian style the on the rest of the sections. (in half, then back the other way both sides)
  On the front, I put my name, address, telephone number, blood type and allergies.
   Fipping it over I put my insurance types and numbers.
   opening it up I put my emergency contact numbers, including all my husband's numbers, my kid's names and my oldest's cell number, my parent's phone number, my best friend's number and my church name and pastor's number (This took up both pannels for me)
   Flip it over and you see 4 pannels in a row connected top to bottom.  I used thia area to list my Dx and doctors.  I put them in this order: First the Dx, (like Bipolar or RA or Apenia) and then the dr that is treating that. Type of Dr (like PCP or Rheumatologist)  His or her name, Address, telephone number.  Then the next Dx, and so on.  For me this took all 4 pannels.
   open the paper to see the inside and I used this whole space to list the meds in this order:
   OTC- Name of medication, mg, how often, time of day if daily, reason
If I just took it as needed I put PRN instead of how often and what time I take it.  List these all out in a group, each having it's own line
   Dr's Name:
        Name of medication, mg, how often (like 2X daily) time of day (like am+pm) reason (like RA disease modification)
List all the medications that this dr has perscribed.
   Next Dr's Name:
         Name of medication and so on.
I did all of the medications in pencil so that if it changes I was able to change it without having to make a whole new one.  Leave space (like 3 lines or so) between each group so you can add medications if you need to.
I did all of the contact information in pen just to make it easier to read  I spent a LOT of time making sure that it was written neatly. 
Once that was done I used packing tape and "laminated" the side that had the Dr's info and contact info and personal info.  This made the "outside" of the foldout thicker and water resistant.  I did not cover the medications side so it can be changed if needed.
After I folded it again I pressed it under several thick books to flatten it and press the seams.  It should then fit into a business card slot and easy to stay together until you fold it out.
Treatments: gluten-free diet, Cpap
Medications: omeprazole, probiotic caps; multi-vitamin supplement; docusate sodium, fiber chews; zertec, ferrous sulfate, cymbalta, lamotrigine, ambien, alprazolam, plaquinil, sulfasalazine, methotrexate, leucovorin calicium, folic acid, motrin, tramadol, pennsaid, aspercream, nasonex, albuterol sulfate inhaler
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