Did I take my meds or didn't I?????

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   Posted 4/23/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay this is getting old.   I keep forgetting if I took my Ultram or not!  Does anyone have a good system that would work for me??  Fibro Fog!!!
Thanks.  smurf Jules

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   Posted 4/23/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I use these bingo cards that I put all my meds in and fill them up once a week with all my meds. they have them at my rite aid, but I have seen them just about everywhere, and my local biglots has the refills for them for $4 for 6 weeks worth. They have 4 spots for diffrent times during the day, but I just fill them up with the first one being my morning dose and the other 3 are my night time dose (their's 28 spots all together)since I take most of my meds during in the evening. cause last night I couldnt remember if I took my meds but then I looked at the card and seen that I did, so that was a big releif. It can get bit spendy but it's worth it, but of course you cant carry it round with you cause the meds are not in their original containers, cause in the state I live in, it's felony to not have the meds in their original containers, but it still works cause I'm usually home for my meds. Theirs also the plastic containers for the meds but I find the bingo cards to be easier cause they cant fall out or anything.


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   Posted 4/23/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Save an old Ultram bottle and put a days supply in it before you go to bed at night. This way, you only have to keep track of the pills for the day. When you can't remember if you took a pill, you can count the pills in the bottle to see how many are left. If you take them 4 times a day and two are left, you know you've taken two pills that day. If it's time for the third pill, you'll know you forgot to take it.

By keeping your pills in the original bottle, you don't have to worry about the legal stuff.

If you don't have an old bottle, see if you can get one from your pharmacist. In our area, parents get extra bottles when they have to split up meds to send some to school so I'm pretty sure you can do this once you tell the pharmacist why.

I use this system because it keeps the pills in a childproof container. I'm around small children a lot and sometimes forget I have the pills in my bag.

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   Posted 4/23/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Those are both great ideas. I have a 7 day pill planner thing with 4 compartments per day. Each day can be pulled out separately. I use these for the many supplements I take, not for my meds, but if I did not use this method I would forget something.
I put one day's worth of meds in one bottle every day so I know how many I have taken at any point during the day. I also have the original bottles that I carry in my breifcase, so I rarely go anywhere without the original bottles.
I would go crazy if I didn't do this, and even with this method I sometimes get confused. Fun Fibro Fog.

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   Posted 4/24/2009 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the 7 day pill planner as well...one side is AM the other PM... also as soon as I take my Lyrica and Cardizen I tell my hubby LOL  Just in case I forget tongue
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I have four  seven-day pill boxes.  I fill them once a month.  I take half of the pills in the morning and half in the evening.  It's easy to keep track of your pills that way and you don't have to keep trying to open those stupid child-proof caps daily!
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   Posted 4/24/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I bought one of those 7 day pill boxes and it sits on the counter all the time I put everything I take in there even my vitamins.

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   Posted 4/25/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have one, too. And each day snaps out, so I can pop it in my purse and take it to work. (I have to work until 9 pm sometimes and take evening meds at 6).

There's a state law that drugs have to be in the original bottles? Whoa! What dark ages did those politicians crawl out of? Sound like a law that penalizes sick people, rather than junkies - which was probably the original intent. I'd do some serious letter-writing. But I'm Canadian. That's what we do - protest with a powerful weapon - the PEN! lol
I have Fibromyalgia, and nothing else!
I take Lyrica 225 mg/day and Tramadol (150mg time-released) and amytriptilene 7.5mg

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   Posted 4/25/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Great ideas, thanks to everyone!!  I liked all the ideas.  Jules smurf
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