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Keeping Track of Medications

contributed by Emily Mackler, Pharm.D., Symptom Management and Supportive Care Program

Keeping track of your medications and remembering whether a medication has been taken can be a daunting task. Many tools exist that can help you with this process, but what's important is to develop a system that works best for you.

Many tools can help you manage your medications, but what's important is to develop a system that works best for you. The following tools -- some of which are available in the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center's patient tool kit -- may help you:

  • A medication chart describing the medications, the reason you're taking them and the time they should be taken.
     
  • A calendar that lists when to take medications each day.
     
  • A check-off list allowing you to check off when a medication is taken (even better if it allows you to track side effects or make other notes to monitor how the medication is working for you).
     
  • Pill boxes large enough to pre-fill a day's or week's worth of medication.
     
  • An alarm system to remind you to take your medications.

The Cancer Center Symptom Management and Supportive Care Program offers a medication management clinic to help you develop a reliable routine to fit your pharmaceutical needs.

Learn more:

Do you have a question for the pharmacist? Email us at ThriveMagazine@med.umich.edu

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Thrive Issue: 
Fall, 2011