Top Tips for Organizing Your MedicationheadingContent

Posted on July 04, 2013

prescription pill container with two oblong white pills to the rightNo matter what kinds of medicine you have in your home, an organization system is crucial for the safety and sanity of your entire family.

Is your medicine cabinet cluttered and confusing? Even if you just have the typical over-the-counter medications on hand, organization can be tricky. If you care for a sick or elderly family member, creating a system can seem impossible. Use these tips make sense of your medicine collection.

  • Keep everything in its original bottle. It may be tempting to switch all your medicines into identically shaped and sized containers, but this will ultimately result in confusion or mistakes. The original bottle will include accurate labels, expiration dates, and usage directions.
  • Create larger labels for older family members with vision difficulties. Today’s Caregiver suggests this tip for those living with elderly relatives who are independent and aware enough to administer their own medicine.
  • Choose a cool, dry place out of the reach of children. Bathrooms and kitchens are commonly used for storing medicine, but their warmth and humidity are not ideal.
  • Make categories that work for you. You have many options. You can organize alphabetically, by purpose, or by frequency of use. Whatever you decide, make sure everyone in your household understands and upholds the system.
  • If you take several medicines regularly, use a pill organizer. This can reduce the amount of time you spend every day searching for the right bottle. If you use a pill organizer, never fill it up more than a week in advance.
  • Keep written records about medicines you take often. Even if your bottles start to pile up, you can still keep all of your important information safe and organized on paper. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists recommends this form.
  • Review your medicine collection regularly. Medicine cabinets often become disorganized as old medicines pile up. Whether it’s monthly, seasonally, or annually, you need a set time to go through your stockpile and toss out expired meds.

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