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    • Dreamnine
    • By Dreamnine 14th Jul 17, 6:48 PM
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    Do you ever forget to take your medication?
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    • 14th Jul 17, 6:48 PM
    Do you ever forget to take your medication? 14th Jul 17 at 6:48 PM
    I'm on 6 main medications; 3 when I get up and 3 at bedtime. I'm on various others, sprays etc. which I take ad hoc during the day.

    But I've found myself in the morning sometimes wondering whether I took my meds or not. Normally, it's quite routine: I have a wash, put on my clothes, brush my teeth then take my pills.

    But I'm sure forgetfulness has overcome me at least once.

    The ones at night I never forget.
    I shot a vein in my neck and coughed up a Quaalude.
    Lou Reed The Last Shot
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    • Happyhousewife
    • By Happyhousewife 15th Jul 17, 12:17 AM
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    Do I ever remember to take it �� rarely ��
    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 15th Jul 17, 12:58 AM
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    My dad has to take quite a lot of tablets and is very forgetful. He uses one of these, his dispenses twice a day.
    • Mrs_Ryan
    • By Mrs_Ryan 15th Jul 17, 1:24 AM
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    I'm supposed to have eye drops every 2 hours- I'm starting to get lax about them, I need to start being strict with myself again.
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    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 15th Jul 17, 6:25 AM
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    I had a pill box once but it fell apart! But I think you're right; I'll perhaps start keeping my morning meds in the living room - that way I won't miss them when I'm having my coffee.
    Originally posted by Dreamnine
    I have quite a lot of meds. I have 2 sets of pill boxes on my bedside table, tastefully marked with purple nail varnish as "M" and "E". It seems to work
    • creative gal
    • By creative gal 15th Jul 17, 8:20 AM
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    I take my meds in the morning, and the blister packs are lined up on the side in the kitchen to minimise me forgetting, as I tend to see them when I have my breakfast, but if I'm feeling a little sleep deprived or forgetful, I have been known to forget to take them.
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 15th Jul 17, 8:53 AM
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    I've deliberately missed my statin before when I had a craving for grapefruit; strange how the two are incompatible.
    Originally posted by Dreamnine
    I think grapefruit is incompatible with several medicines.

    My M-I-L used to take something and wasn't allowed to have grapefruit or blueberries.
    • OldMotherTucker
    • By OldMotherTucker 15th Jul 17, 9:03 AM
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    The trouble with pill boxes is that they are so darn fiddly - no good if my hands are playing up!

    Apart from a few, I vary my tablets everyday. The trick is to have them close at hand so I have blister packs of various strength painkillers all over the place. I must look like a junkie to those who don't me so well!!

    The hardest one to remeber is the weekly Alendronic acid, and because it gives me indigestion I'm reluctantant to take it anyway!
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    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 15th Jul 17, 9:38 AM
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    I had 4 meds, recently dropped to 3, but now told i need another.
    2 i have to take at least half hour before having any breakfast, and i've not to sit down while i'm waiting. So they're easy to remember, first thing i do when i come down stairs. But during the day i can't remember whether i've taken them or not.
    • OldMotherTucker
    • By OldMotherTucker 15th Jul 17, 9:42 AM
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    I had 4 meds, recently dropped to 3, but now told i need another.
    2 i have to take at least half hour before having any breakfast, and i've not to sit down while i'm waiting. So they're easy to remember, first thing i do when i come down stairs. But during the day i can't remember whether i've taken them or not.
    Originally posted by SamsReturn
    I often find a couple of rogue ones in my dressing gown pocket!
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    • Dreamnine
    • By Dreamnine 15th Jul 17, 10:21 AM
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    The trouble with pill boxes is that they are so darn fiddly - no good if my hands are playing up!

    Apart from a few, I vary my tablets everyday. The trick is to have them close at hand so I have blister packs of various strength painkillers all over the place. I must look like a junkie to those who don't me so well!!

    The hardest one to remeber is the weekly Alendronic acid, and because it gives me indigestion I'm reluctantant to take it anyway!
    Originally posted by OldMotherTucker
    I can remember having a big bottle of liquid oxycodone in my house last year....of course I was using it for cancer pain but I wonder how much it was worth on the street.
    I shot a vein in my neck and coughed up a Quaalude.
    Lou Reed The Last Shot
    • hunters
    • By hunters 15th Jul 17, 12:07 PM
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    The trouble with pill boxes is that they are so darn fiddly - no good if my hands are playing up!

    Apart from a few, I vary my tablets everyday. The trick is to have them close at hand so I have blister packs of various strength painkillers all over the place. I must look like a junkie to those who don't me so well!!

    The hardest one to remeber is the weekly Alendronic acid, and because it gives me indigestion I'm reluctantant to take it anyway!
    Originally posted by OldMotherTucker
    Oh my word, thank you, thank you! I take weekly Alendronic and have been blaming the indigestion on my favourite Aldi sausage roll.
    • OldMotherTucker
    • By OldMotherTucker 15th Jul 17, 12:22 PM
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    Oh my word, thank you, thank you! I take weekly Alendronic and have been blaming the indigestion on my favourite Aldi sausage roll.
    Originally posted by hunters
    I used to set the alarm half an hour earlier (if I remembered) take the tablet and go back to sleep but the pharmacist told me not to lie down as this particular acid is reknown for causing reflux especially as you have to take it on an empty stomach and not eat for half an hour (as the acid binds to the calcium in the stomach instaed of the calcium in the blood stream)

    If you think about it, the empty stomach has only gastric acid then you add a a bit more acid and bingo! Too much acid = discomfit.

    Sometimes these pharmacy reviews can be of benefit - my Gp didn't have time to explain it to me!!
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    • OldMotherTucker
    • By OldMotherTucker 15th Jul 17, 12:26 PM
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    I can remember having a big bottle of liquid oxycodone in my house last year....of course I was using it for cancer pain but I wonder how much it was worth on the street.
    Originally posted by Dreamnine
    I know how much Trammadol goes for - it was very popular where I used to work! I have 100 a month on repeat plus Zapain! Not that I use that amount or sell it illegally!!
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    • SparksAlive
    • By SparksAlive 15th Jul 17, 12:26 PM
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    I take the contraceptive pill every morning and it's in the cabinet next to my contact lens case - I'm very short sighted so there's no way I can start the morning without putting my lenses in, which means I always see the pills and remember to take one
    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 15th Jul 17, 12:35 PM
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    I used to set the alarm half an hour earlier (if I remembered) take the tablet and go back to sleep but the pharmacist told me not to lie down as this particular acid is reknown for causing reflux especially as you have to take it on an empty stomach and not eat for half an hour (as the acid binds to the calcium in the stomach instaed of the calcium in the blood stream)

    If you think about it, the empty stomach has only gastric acid then you add a a bit more acid and bingo! Too much acid = discomfit.

    Sometimes these pharmacy reviews can be of benefit - my Gp didn't have time to explain it to me!!
    Originally posted by OldMotherTucker
    I've just read the instructions for that Alendronic Acid and you're suppose to take it with a full glass of water, i've only been having a mouth full.
    • hunters
    • By hunters 15th Jul 17, 12:40 PM
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    I've just read the instructions for that Alendronic Acid and you're suppose to take it with a full glass of water, i've only been having a mouth full.
    Originally posted by SamsReturn
    Me too

    I'm not due back to that clinic until 2019 so I think a visit to the doc is due.
    • Miró
    • By Miró 15th Jul 17, 12:55 PM
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    I have a buzz alarm set on my FitBit tracker which I wear all the time to alert me twice a day. I always carry a few 'spares' of my pills in my purse in case I'm caught out away from home.
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    • ERICS MUM
    • By ERICS MUM 15th Jul 17, 2:06 PM
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    I've deliberately missed my statin before when I had a craving for grapefruit; strange how the two are incompatible.
    Originally posted by Dreamnine
    I do this as well. Never found out why they are incompatible. Don't know either why I've started craving grapefruit juice - it's got to be pink grapefruit !
    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 15th Jul 17, 2:45 PM
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    I've deliberately missed my statin before when I had a craving for grapefruit; strange how the two are incompatible.
    Originally posted by Dreamnine
    I don't have a lot of grapefruit, but i eat oranges every day. Now the last hospital appointment i had, she said she was writing to my Gp to suggest he gives me statins. So i wonder is that goodbye to oranges ?
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 15th Jul 17, 5:31 PM
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    I forget quite often. When I first went on regular meds I bought a key ring to put them in in case I went out and forgot, but it's not that urgent. When the Dr stopped my meds it was a fortnight before I wound up back on an ambulance.


    Never found out why they are incompatible.
    Originally posted by ERICS MUM
    Grapefruit slows the rate that the body eliminates drugs, so it's like taking a larger dose. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grapefruit%E2%80%93drug_interactions
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