Taking medicine

If you take a lot of different types of medicine it can be hard to remember what you are supposed to take at the right time. This can put your health at risk.

One of the easiest ways to keep track is to use a box that is marked with the day and time you need to take your tablets. This is called a dosset box. It makes it easy to see what tablets you need to take, and when. You can ask your chemist for one if you do not already own one. They will also help to fill it up for you if you can't do this yourself. 

If you have someone come into your home that assists you with your personal care then they can help you to take your medicine as long as you are using a marked box with the days and times on. They will complete a record sheet to show when they have helped you with this.

You may find it helpful to set an alarm to remind you to take your medicine, or perhaps keep a diary or planner where you can tick off each dose as you take it.

If you are still unsure and need support in taking medicine, or applying creams, drops or lotions you should contact your doctor, district nurse or local pharmacy for advice.