When on the Pill, the most important thing to do is remember to take it every single day, at the same time, for optimal effectiveness. With an ever-changing schedule, I was initially nervous that I would forget to take my pill regularly, that is, until it became a part of my daily routine. That being said, it’s still important to give yourself reminders, since we are all human after all, and it can be easy to forget.
Here are my 5 best tips for remembering your pill pack:
1. Keep it on you.
I’m sure we’ve all been in a similar situation where you run out of the house for a quick grocery run only to find yourself out for the rest of the night. It’s so easy for one errand to turn into three and before you know it, it’s time to take your pill. The last thing you want to do is have to make a detour home to grab your Pill, so be prepared by always keeping it on you. Pill packs are small and thin enough to fit in almost any type of purse, so make sure to slip it in your bag before you leave home, or do as I do, and simply never take it out, except to actually take my pill every night..
2. Set an alert on your phone.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a cell phone these days and it’s rare you’ll find someone who doesn’t carry it with them everywhere they go. So make it a daily task by setting a phone reminder to take your Pill. I actually set two reminders, one for 9:15 pm before I need to take my Pill so I can have it ready, and one for 9:30 pm when I need to actually take my pill. This ensures I’m taking the Pill at the same time every night.
3. Make it a part of your routine.
When you get in the habit of doing something every day, it’s a lot harder to forget, so make taking your Pill part of your daily routine. If you eat breakfast every morning at 8 am, maybe choose to take your Pill immediately after at 8:15 am. It will start to feel like second nature. If you’re more of a night person, perhaps choose to take your Pill after you brush your teeth. Find something you do every day and use it as a reminder to take your Pill right after. Just be sure to keep the time you take your pill everyday consistent.
4. Switch pharmacies when you move.
I’ve lived in a new apartment almost every year since I moved away from home ten years ago, and the packing and unpacking never gets easier. Moving is draining and there are about 100 details you have to remember to make the process easier, like extra bubble wrap to protect your TV and rope to tie down your dresser. Needless to say, you have enough to worry about on moving day, so call your doctor beforehand and have him or her switch your prescription to your new location. That way at least one (important) thing will be set up for you when you finally arrive in your new home, and you’ll thank yourself when you don’t have to think about it later. Spoken from real experience.
5. Make it a part of your vacation packing list.
Vacation should be stress free, so make sure to add your Pill to your packing list so you don’t have to worry about it once you’re sitting on the beach 5,000 miles from home. There would be no worse vacation interruption than having to arrange getting your Pill pack shipped overseas, so add it to your checklist next to other priority items like underwear and socks. If it helps, create a master vacation packing list before your next vacation is even planned so you don’t even leave room for forgetting.
Esther is a paid influencer for Allergan, and the opinions stated above are her own.