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How Can I Help My Grandmother Organize the Different Medications She Takes for Cancer and Other Health Problems?

My grandma has to take several medications every day for cancer and various other health problems. There are so many pills to keep track of, I worry that she's having trouble staying on schedule. How can I help my grandmother organize all her different medications?

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There are many different methods to organize medications and several different reminder systems to help her. For instance, some people do well with pill boxes, although she might need several different pill boxes, if she takes medications more than once a day. Others do well leaving medications in their original bottles, with a clear and simple list of what to take and when on a sheet of paper on the fridge. There are even high-tech gadgets and apps to help. Also, some pharmacies "bubble pack" medications for an easy-to-use, all-in-one solution.
Which method is best? It depends on how many drugs she takes, how she takes them (for instance, scheduled medications must be handled differently from "as needed" medications), how many times a day she takes medications, and how often her medications change (some methods work better if her drug regimen is stable).
Who can help you sort through this mess? Her pharmacist! The first step is to make sure she gets all of her medications from the same pharmacy. With the help of her pharmacist, get rid of (or at least clearly separate) the medications she's not currently taking. From there, the pharmacist can help suggest methods that will work for her situation.
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