High Blood Pressure
Frequently Asked Questions
17. How can I remember to take my medications as prescribed?
It is important that you take your blood pressure medication the same time each day. Here are a few tips to make this easier to remember.
- 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.
- Place your drugs in a weekly pillbox, available at most pharmacies.
- Try to link taking your medication with something else that you do regularly, like brushing your teeth.
- Keep your high blood pressure drugs on the nightstand next to your side of the bed.
- Try keeping a chart or calendar to write down when you take your drugs. Keep this calendar posted so you can quickly see if you've taken your drugs. Use colored pens to help you keep track of more than one type of medication.
- If you have a smartphone, find out about texting services and applications (apps) that can send reminiders.
- Establish 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 medicine."
- Ask one or more of your children or grandchildren 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.
- If you have a personal computer, program a start-up reminder to take your high blood pressure drugs or sign up with one of the free services that will send you 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.