Prescription drugs help with everything from chronic pain to birth control, but it can be hard to remember to take your pill every day, especially if you have multiple medications to keep track of. Missing pills regularly or taking too many can seriously harm your health and make your medicine ineffective, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on it.
Some medications come in packages organized by day, and you can always grab a cheap pill like this one ($10), but it’s also easy to set up medication reminders on your phone. We’ll go over a few different ways you can get your Android or iPhone to remind you to pop that pill and keep track of your meds.
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How to set reminders on iPhone
There are a few ways to set up medication reminders on your iPhone.
Use the Health app in iOS 16
iOS 16 brings several exciting new features, including a medication feature built into the Apple Health app. The final version of iOS 16 is coming this fall, and we’ve been using the Medicines option in iOS 16 beta. Here’s how it works:
- Open the Health app, tap Browse tab at the bottom right and scroll down to tap Medicines.
- faucet Add a medicine, start typing the name and suggestions should appear. If you tap the camera icon on the right, you can use the camera to scan a medication label. (NOTE: This only works in the US right now. Using this feature in iOS 16 beta in the UK, I had to add the name, drug type and strength manually.)
- choose the frequency you must take each medicine selectively At regular intervals, On specific days of the weekor As needed.
- You can then set a time of day to take your medicine. If you have to take it several times a day, you can keep tapping Add a time to choose different times and doses.
- Now choose the form of your medicine for easy identification (handy if you have to take several pills).
- Finally, you can choose the colors for the pill and the background. You can also add a display name and alternate notes.
- Once added, you’ll see the medications appear in the Health app via Browse > Medicines with a timeline at the top and a log of what you should take each day. Mark the medication as you take it by tapping prey (you can also record doses using the Medicines app on your Apple Watch).
- Under Your medications you can check the consumption and tap registration to add any doses you forgot to record earlier. Tap the timestamp to change it if you need to record something you took earlier.
- If you have finished a medication and no longer need to take it, you can select it Your medications and scroll down to the bottom Medication file or Remove the medicine.
- You can also share health data, including medication data, by tapping the button sharing tab in the Health app and selecting Share with someone.
Apple also provides medication information in the Health app and will flag possible interactions if you take multiple medications that may interact to produce side effects or reduce effectiveness.
Use Siri and Reminders
If you don’t have iOS 16 yet, you can always set a basic reminder with Siri. For example, you can say, “Hey Siri, remind me to take my pill at 9am every day.”
You can also set, review, and edit reminders in the Reminders app on your iPhone. Open the Reminders app, tap Add a list in the bottom right and name it as “Medication”. Now you can play New reminder in the lower left and add the name of the medicine, choose a time for the reminder and set other details.
Use a medication app
The App Store offers several dedicated pill reminder and medication tracking apps. If we had to choose one, it would be Medisafe Medication Management (or Medisafe Pill Reminder in the UK). It’s a quick process to set up a profile, add your medications and set reminders to take your pills. You can mark when you take your medication and the time is recorded and tracked. It’s easy to see what you still have to take and what you’ve already taken each day. You can also enter the amount you have of each medication and have the app alert you to refill when it’s running low. You can share all this information with caregivers.