Keeping to the Treatment Schedule
If you are having difficulty in keeping to your treatment schedule, try to work out what
your particular problems are. This will help you to overcome your tendency to forget to
take your drugs. Here are a few ways of coping:
- try to have a more regular lifestyle - remembering
is easier if you can keep to some sort of routine
- try to keep to your dietary routine, so you know you
can take each different medicine with the right kind of food
- use a watch alarm or bleeper to remind you when to
take your medicines
- try and make a plan for the day every morning,
linking taking your medicines with an event eg. meeting someone. This will help you to
remember and may also help you to identify possible schedule "clashes"
- if you feel ambivalent about taking the drugs,
because you feel better without them or because you are worried about long-term effects,
remind yourself why you need to take them
If you forget...
Dont panic if you forget to take you medicines once or twice. But if you often
forget, your doctor or other staff at your treatment centre can suggest ways of helping
you to remind yourself. They can also help you to work out a treatment schedule.
Dont be afraid to ask.
The Way Ahead?