Managing Medications on the Go
As you probably know figuring out a way to manage your medications at home can be time consuming and complicated enough. This means that trying to manage these medications while you are away from home can be even more difficult. It is definitely advantageous to find a system that works well for you. In order to accomplish this, you may have to try more than one method but definitely do not give up. Eventually you will be able to figure out what works best for you and your situation.
Daily times away from home
Once I became chronic, I realized that I could not leave my medications that are used to treat a migraine attack at home every day because there was absolutely no way to know when I would be hit with symptoms. Obviously this meant I would have to carry them in my purse. At the time, I carried a very small purse so I quickly realized this was not going to be easy. There were far too many bottles to carry them all individually. It made my upgraded purse look like a pharmacy! I used this method for a while but it made me nervous to set my purse down somewhere when we were at other people’s houses. My husband was able to find a nice pill container at the pharmacy that has several sections within it. This container allows me to carry a few of various pills in my purse just in case I need them at work or whenever we are out and about. Granted, we have since tried three different versions of these pill containers to find the one I absolutely love, but this is the method I utilize to this day for keeping medications in my purse. I have a friend who used a contact lens case to store his medications in because he was worried if it was obvious that it was medicine, somebody may try to steal it from him. This worked well for him.
Traveling with medications
I cannot stress how important it is to have your medications available while you travel. For many individuals, changing their routine or having additional stress can easily trigger a migraine. When traveling by car, the process is not much different than your daily times away from home. The main thing is to make sure you pack enough medication for your entire trip and keep some handy (not just in the bottom of your suitcase) in case you get an attack while traveling in the car. Traveling by plane can be more difficult than traveling by car. You should definitely take medication that is clearly labeled with the pharmacy label and not the loose pills in a pill container. I make this recommendation for the rare chance that your bag is chosen to be searched. Another good tip is to keep your medications in your carry-on luggage not your bags that will be checked. In the event that a checked bag gets lost during the flight, you will not lose all of your medications as well. Again it also helps in the event that you get a migraine while on the plane because you will have immediate access to your medications.
Asking the pharmacy for help
Your pharmacy can help you manage your medications on the go if you ask them for the help. I have asked pharmacies for another bottle with my label on it in order to not have to carry the entire prescription worth around. They have also added the prescription label to a Ziploc bag when the prescription is in punch cards and a box originally to make it easier to carry in my purse. Do not be afraid to tell them what you need.
When you take daily medications such as preventatives, it is important that you do not skip doses because you are busy out of town. With smart phones today, it is simple to set an alarm on your phone in order to remind yourself to take your medicine. It may seem silly, but if you are busy with family, it may slip your mind.
Hopefully some of these tips and tricks can be helpful for you when you find yourself needing to manage your medications while you are away from home. Is there anything you do differently?
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