More Ideas on Managing Your Bipolar Medication
Often people who have bipolar disorder take a lot of pills every day. Here are ways to make sure you take the right pill at the right time and learn what you should know about your medications.
- Always read the package inserts on new medications. If you find a drug interaction with something else you are already taking listed, call your doctor right away.
- Save the inserts or know where you can look up the possible effects and side effects of all your meds.
- When you start a new drug or have a dosage change on a med, pay attention to how you feel and behave for a few days to a week in case of adverse reactions.
- Consider keeping a medication journal where you record your prescriptions and dosages and keep track of changes and how you responded to them.
- Consider making a daily list and checking off the pills as you take them.
- Purchase a pill case or "med minder" that has compartments for days and/or time of day, depending on your own needs.
- Choose a day of the week or a time of day to put the proper pills in the proper compartments of your pill case.
- Set alarms to go off when it is time to take the next pill(s). Use clocks, watch, computer programs, electronic organizers - whatever works for you.
- If you always take certain pills with meals, put them in a little bowl by your place setting before the meal starts.
- For something attractive at home, think about using a spice rack to hold your pills. Re-label the bottles appropriately. These bottles are large enough to hold vitamins, too.
- When you travel, always put your medications in your carry-on luggage so you will have them if your checked baggage goes astray. If you might run out, get refills early.
- Check your prescriptions at the pharmacy, if possible, to make sure the proper medication has been dispensed.
- Consult your doctor before mixing prescriptions with over-the-counter drugs or herbal supplements. Check package inserts for food interactions, too.
Tracy, N. (2021, December 28). More Ideas on Managing Your Bipolar Medication, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, February 2 from https://www.healthyplace.com/bipolar-disorder/medication-noncompliance/more-ideas-on-managing-your-bipolar-medication