Sticking to your medication routine (or medication adherence) means taking your medications as prescribed – the right dose, at the right time, in the right way, and frequency. 

Q- Why is medication adherence important?

Not taking your medicine as prescribed by a doctor or instructed by a pharmacist could lead to your disease getting worse, hospitalization, even death. 

Below are the 8 tips which will help you stick to your medication routine- 

1. Take your medication at the same time every day.
2. Keep a “medicine calendar” with your pill bottles and note each time you take a dose.
3. When using a pill container, refill it at the same time each week. For example, every Sunday morning after breakfast. 
4. Use a pill container. Some types have sections for multiple doses at different times, such as morning, lunch, evening, and night.
5. Tie taking your medications with a daily routine like brushing your teeth or getting ready for bed. Before choosing mealtime, check if your medication should be taken on a full or empty stomach.
6. Purchase timer caps for your pill bottles and set them to go off when your next dose is due. Some pillboxes also have timer functions.
7. When traveling, be certain to bring enough of your medication, plus a few days extra, in case your return is delayed.
8. If you’re flying, keep your medication in your carry-on bag to avoid lost luggage. Temperatures inside the cargo hold could damage your medication.

Watch the below video to overcome barriers to medication adherence-