No one loves having to take a daily pill (or handful) to manage a health condition, but not taking medication as prescribed isn’t going to help you in the long run. Here are tips to improve your odds of success:
#1 Know the score
The more educated you are about bipolar disorder, the better you’ll understand that you have a chronic condition that demands lifelong management—and that relapse is likely if you go off your meds. The more educated you are about a particular medication, the better you’ll know if it’s doing what it’s supposed to.
#2 Monitor your meds
Tracking your symptoms, sleep habits, and possible side effects after you start a medication lets you and your prescribing physician see how well it’s working.
#3 Speak up
Don’t be shy about complaining if there are side effects that make you less likely to keep up with your meds. And don’t be coy if you haven’t followed your regimen to the letter. Your doctor may end up prescribing a higher dosage if it seems that the original prescription isn’t working as intended.To make it easier to stay on top of your medication regimen:
#4 Set up reminders
Ping yourself with a phone alert at the time you need to take your meds, or make checkmarks on a paper calendar to keep track of whether you took them.
#5 Piggyback on daily habits
Link taking your pills to something you’re doing anyway, like brushing your teeth before bed or having your morning coffee.
#6 Use a pill dispenser
You may find it easier to sit down once a week, or even once a month, to divvy up your meds into day-by-day compartments. You could even get creative and use a colorful jewelry box, a decorative bento box, or whatever you can adapt.
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