10 Creative Ways to Remember to Take Your Thyroid Pill

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The doctors call it "non-compliance." In plain English, it means "not taking your medicine" in the manner in which it was prescribed. It's actually far more common than you'd think, and some experts say that as many as half the population don't take drugs that are prescribed, don't taken them properly, or stop the treatment. But it truly can be hard to remember to take your thyroid pill. It's essential, however, when you're on thyroid hormone replacement drugs because you're hypothyroid, or have had all or part of your thyroid removed or disabled using radioactive iodine, or you are taking antithyroid drugs to control hyperthyroidism.

Your health depends on taking the prescribed thyroid drugs daily, as prescribed by your doctor.

Even a day or two's failure to take your prescribed thyroid medications can throw off your treatment regimen dramatically, cause significant fluctuations in your TSH level, other levels, and most importantly, your symptoms. This, in turn, can have a negative impact on your overall health. That is why it is critical that you remember to take your prescribed thyroid medicine every day, at the recommended time or times, as your doctor has outlined.

Here are some tips that may help you remember to take your thyroid medication.

  1. Write a reminder in your datebook. You can write it in a special color that is hard to miss.
  2. Since you're reading this on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, consider putting your reminder in a scheduling program. Some programs allow you to set a regular daily "appointment" at a particular time. Some have an alarm function that you can set to remind you.
  1. Put a message on your computer's screen saver.
  2. Keep your thyroid drug pill container right on top of your alarm clock so you can remember to take your medicine first thing in the morning. (But be careful to keep your medications away from children.)
  3. Put a note wherever you'll notice it every day - on the refrigerator, on your coffee maker, on your toothbrush, on your bathroom vanity mirror.
  1. Take your medicine the same time every day, so it becomes a habit.
    Hire a calling service to give you a daily "wakeup" call to remind you to take your pill. If you have a home voicemail system you may be able to program a daily reminder call at the same time each day. You can even set your smartphone calendar to remind you, text you, or sound an alarm.
  2. Use a pill sorter, or a device known as a "dosette," which has compartments for different days, or even different times of the day.
  3. Get a special device to remind you to take your pill. Epill.com offers a variety of devices, including medication computers, vibrating watches, automatic dispensers, beepers, and other alarms that can help keep you on schedule for taking your medication.
  4. Enlist the aid of a family member of friend to help. Sometimes, just a few weeks of friendly reminders can help you get into the habit of taking your medicine at the right time every day.
  5. Use a service like PillPack  which organizes your medications into packages marked by date and time when they are supposed to be taken. 

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