The Best Tools for Medication Management

If you have multiple errands to run on a Saturday, what would you do? Most likely, you would create a list in order of priority or of convenience. Then you would use that list to guide you throughout the day – making it easier for you to check off each item one by one. Now apply that logic to a routine activity like taking medicine. If you have to take multiple medicines each day at a specific time – why not make it easier on yourself and use a medication management device?

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Why is Medication Management Important?

Managing your medications is important for a successful recovery or continued management of a chronic illness or disease. Think about the facts: for seniors, who typically take more medications than those under the age of 65, it is even more essential to take the right medication, at the right time, and not mix them with anything that could cause an adverse reaction. Adults (65 years or older) are twice as likely to need emergency care for adverse drug reactions (with over 177,000 emergency visits each year) and nearly seven times more likely to be hospitalized after an emergency visit. If you take multiple prescriptions on a regular schedule, then using a medication management device such as a pill organizers, automatic pill dispensers, alarm style reminders, and timer medicine caps can be helpful.

Pill Organizers

Pill organizers come in all shapes and sizes and can help you or your loved one stay on top of which medications to take each day. Most are highly portable and can be slipped into a purse or pocket if using outside the home, yet are large enough to fit both daytime and nighttime doses.


Automatic Pill Dispensers

Pill dispensers are portable devices that allow you to organize your medication by day/time. These devices provide safety and reassurance by dispensing the correct pills on a set day/time via an alarm/reminder mechanism. Most also lock when not in use, preventing the patient from taking the wrong pills, as well as preventing children from accessing the device.

Automatic pill dispenser

Average Cost: $70/pill dispenser

Alarm-Style Reminders

Alarm-style pill reminders typically have four alarm settings for morning, lunch, dinner, and bedtime to remind the user to take their pills. In addition to your typical alarms, some of these devices have recorded reminders such as, “Good morning. It's 9 AM and time to take your morning pills." These devices allow you to set daily alarms for desired dosage times, thereby making it easier to manage medications.

alarm style reminder

Average Cost: $35/reminder device

Timer Medicine Caps

Timer medicine caps are digital timers with a count-up feature, which works like a stopwatch, automatically keeping track of how much time has passed since the medication was last taken. This will directly help with medication management since a user’s first question is often, “when did I last take this medicine?” The cap also prevents a user from overtaking a medication.

timer medicine caps

Average Cost: $7/per cap and bottle

The list above includes the main types of medication management devices but there are others related to specific illnesses or needs as prescribed by your doctor. Other options, in addition to these devices, are mobile apps for medication management. If you are unsure about what device or app will be the best for you, do your own research and consider consulting a physician.

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