Epilepsy Talk

Medication Reminders You Won’t Forget | April 6, 2014

When I was on vacation, I was so relaxed that I kept on forgetting to take my meds. More than once. So when I got home (when I was less relaxed), I looked into some things that might help.

Because, let’s face it. We all forget to take our meds. One time or another. No matter what we have to take or when we have to take them. No matter how hard we try.

Since I have to take several pills at different times a day, I put them in places where I’d have to fall over them to forget. I wish I could say it’s fool-proof, but I’d be lying.

So here are some possible solutions…

Set reminders on your smart phone. An alarm. Or a pillbox you can program with different time alarms. There are even prescription bottle devices that use light and sound to signal when it’s time to take a pill. Here are some pretty neat options that are available to you from http://www.epill.com/bestseller.html

The e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS:
It’s a pillbox that organizes all your daily pills. The box is set up with an alarm that can ring up to 37 times a day as a reminder to take your pills. If you take different meds at different times of the day, they can be organized here and reminder alarms ring at the programmed times.

How does it work?
There’s a pill tray which slides out and contains 7 compartments. Each compartment can hold up to 18 aspirin-sized tablets. To set the alarm, you simply slide a switch. The alarm will now be set up to repeat daily and can ring up to 37 times a day from 6am-12am with a switch for every hour and half hour.

It can be set for 6am, 6:30am, 7am etc… Once the alarm rings, it will sound for 10 second intervals on and off for up to 4 minutes, if the STOP button is not pressed. If your medication hasn’t been taken when the alarm sounds, a missed pill message will flash on the display.

Special features of the e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS:
1) The alarm doesn’t need to be reset because it automatically resets every night at midnight.
2) The pill tray is easy to open and the display is easy to read.
3) It has a missed pill indicator.

1) The size of the e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS is 6 1/4″ x 2 1/8″ x 1″ and weighs 5 oz.
2) The pill tray slides out and has 7 compartments. Each compartment holds 18 aspirin-sized tablets.
3) The product has a one-year battery life using 2 x AAA batteries (which are included with purchase).

And everyone seems to like it!

The e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS has been featured by Dr. OZ and is member tested and recommended by the National Health & Wellness Club.

And there are other versions of the e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS:
The pill-box is available in children’s versions as well as smaller versions: the e-pill 37 Alarm Multi-Alarm POCKET XL and the 37 Alarm Multi-Alarm HOME that fits on a home refrigerator.

It’s kind of hard to beat success. So, if you want to purchase the e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS, simply go to e-pill Medication Reminders at http://www.epill.com or call (800) 549-0095.

(By the way, I researched pill reminders seven ways to Sunday and all websites pointed to one solution: the e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS. So I guess they must be doing something right!)

If you come across some other options that you think work better, please, sing out…

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  1. I have the alarm on my phone set for 7am and 7pm and all my pills in a weekly pill box by my bed. I’ve been doing so much fiddling with my meds over the last couple of years I just couldn’t keep track of what I was supposed to be increasing and what I was supposed to be decreasing! I would have been all over the place had it not been for my alarm and setting up my weekly meds in advance.

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    Comment by bardotbarbiturate — April 6, 2014 @ 2:53 PM

    • I had a serious problem messing up. Unwittingly, I was taking different doses of Lamictal at unspecified times.

      The result, as blood tests proved, was that I was below the therapeutic level by 50%. And other stuff was messed up.

      Now my husband (bless him) is in charge of filling my pill containers and he’s my “personal reminder.”

      Because, when I screw up, he’s the one who ultimately faces the consequences! 😦

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 6, 2014 @ 5:52 PM

  2. I keep meds where I am likely to be at the time when I need to take them. SOme by my bed, another stash in the kitchen to take while I am cooking. When I travel-keep meds in 2-3 places. Purse, backpack, and where I happen to sleep. I never put meds in-checked luggage.


    Comment by Janet Yagoda — April 6, 2014 @ 5:46 PM

  3. Janet, I wish I was as diligent as you. But at least, I don’t put my meds in my luggage.

    Do I get a good grade for at least one intelligent action? 🙂


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 6, 2014 @ 6:16 PM

  4. Cell alarm works great for me. If I am going to be out when the dose is to be taken I put the dose in a day tray so I have it on me. Same if I have a days appointment in the cities.

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    Comment by Travis — April 6, 2014 @ 10:36 PM

  5. That’s the round of meds I miss most often…When 5:00 turns to 6:00 and I become a pumpkin.

    And Arthur’s not exactly glued to my hip to remind me! 🙂


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 7, 2014 @ 11:39 AM

  6. So true, we all miss dosages, no matter how perfectly we try. I have my iphone set for 1pm and 7pm, the morning pills i don’t have a reminder, since i’m pretty diligent on take those, except for the weekends when i like to sleep in and then everything is messed up. Actually i’m pretty automatic to wake up at 6am or earlier. Sleeping in nowadays is like sleeping till 6:3o am. I have one of those day of week pill holders, that i fill once a week with meds. In the evenings,i find i still forget to take the pill, even with the phone alarm, since i’m busy cooking or talking on phone or just being on the computer. So i now have the pill container in one place, where i know i still have to take it. After taking it i move the pill container to another place, which signifies my taking the even med.

    Even with all the precautions, i still manage to forget. Noon time too if i’m very busy. Not often, but it happens every now and then.


    Comment by Zolt — April 7, 2014 @ 5:25 PM

  7. Well, that sounds more organized than me.

    As a writer, you’d expect me to be in the same place at the same time as my meds.

    But once I’m focused, the house could blow up and I wouldn’t notice, unless my internet and server went down!

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 7, 2014 @ 6:21 PM

  8. The only downside of vacation; once I break routine am thrown for days, as well!


    Comment by Vivacia K. Ahwen — April 10, 2014 @ 2:28 AM

  9. I missed my pills 3 TIMES! 🙂

    And I’m not uneven unpacked yet.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 11, 2014 @ 11:57 AM

  10. I have a phone, a DUMBphone, that has a med reminder alarm. so I haven’t missed my mid day meds, that I used to miss frequently, since I’ve had the alarm set.

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    Comment by Alan Bishop — April 27, 2014 @ 9:07 PM

  11. Well, goes to show, YOU can be smarter than a dumb phone! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 28, 2014 @ 9:26 AM

  12. my husband calls me from three times a day to tell me to take my meds

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by pooterbear — July 25, 2017 @ 7:33 PM

    • Get a medical reminder or a smart watch to allay his fears.

      I’m sure he’s doing it out of love and concern.

      Just hand the job to someone (something) else! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 26, 2017 @ 7:55 AM

      • Well Phylis I think sometimes our spouses, children, family and friends just want to make sure all is well with us too. Their way of showing us they really love and care for us 😘

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by Kathy S.B — February 2, 2020 @ 7:31 PM

  13. Phylis Feiner Johnson, assuming an Epilepsy medication is a 2 times a day thing, I think starting in the morning and taking the medicine with something in your stomach would help, as well as your favorite morning drink. The same is true for the evening. What do you think?


    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 10, 2018 @ 8:29 PM

    • Meds are definitely absorbed better with food than on an empty stomach.

      In fact, just about any doctor will tell you not to take a drug on an empty stomach.


      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 10, 2018 @ 10:29 PM

      • What about those where you are specifically directed to take them on an empty stomach?

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 12, 2018 @ 4:41 PM

      • Jeffrey, then do as you’re directed. C’mon.


        Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 12, 2018 @ 8:46 PM

      • Phylis Feiner Johnson, I meant that in the sense that I know some medications are better taken on an empty stomach. The real question is why it matters how one does it.


        Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 13, 2018 @ 8:20 AM

      • I guess it’s a matter of absorption and maybe metabolism, too.

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 13, 2018 @ 9:51 AM

  14. This is true.


    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 17, 2018 @ 11:36 AM

    • Yes on one hand it’s best to take our “epileptic medications” with something due to absorption. On the other hand there is a medication (almost like a laxative “LACTULOSE” that I do have to take as well, but on an empty stomach or at least 2 hours after I eat and take my medications and 2 hours before I take my next dose of medications as well. I had to finally ask the doctor “why on earth am I even taking lactulose”? And apparently it helps our liver not be injured by our medications and to help our bodies extract the flatulence and poisons that may end up in our bodies due to the long term effects on our liver from seizure medications.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Kathy S.B — February 2, 2020 @ 7:39 PM

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