It’s easy to forget to take medicines.
But just like putting your socks on in the morning and brushing your teeth, taking your medicine can become part of your daily routine.
Here are some tips that will help you remember to take your blood pressure drugs.
• Put a favorite picture of yourself or a loved one on the refrigerator with a note that says, “Remember To Take Your High Blood Pressure Drugs.”
• Keep your high blood pressure drugs on the nightstand next to your side of the bed.
• Take your high blood pressure drugs right after you brush your teeth, and keep them with your toothbrush as a reminder.
• Put “sticky” notes in visible places to remind yourself to take your high blood pressure drugs. You can put notes on the refrigerator, on the bathroom mirror, or on the front door.
• Set up a buddy system with a friend who also is on daily medication and arrange to call each other every day with a reminder to “take your blood pressure drugs.”
• Ask your child or grandchild to call you every day with a quick reminder. It’s a great way to stay in touch, and little ones love to help the grown-ups.
• Place your drugs in a weekly pillbox, available at most pharmacies.
• If you have a personal computer, program a start-up reminder to take your high blood pressure drugs, or sign up with a free service that will send you a reminder e-mail every day.
• Remember to refill your prescription. Each time you pick up a refill, make a note on your calendar to order and pick up the next refill 1 week before the medication is due to run out.