Teaching About Safe Times of Day
Certain medications shouldn’t be taken in the morning and others that should be taken earlier in the day. Some medications can cause tiredness or fatigue. These are medications that shouldn’t be taken before you drive or maybe not during the daytime at all. You may want to take these at bedtime. There are also medications that need to be taken with food, or they can cause stomach upset, nausea, and other issues. We discuss all of this in our medication education program.
Have you been taking your medications at different times of the day? If so, this can increase the risk of overdosing. It can also cause your medications not to work, being that you may be going longer than you should be without taking them.
Match Up with Activities
For teaching you about the safest times during the day or night to take your medications and talking about the same time of day to take them, it is also helpful to match up medications with certain activities to help you remember them. For example, if you need to take certain medications at night, you may want to take them when brushing your teeth. Similarly, you could take your morning meds after you take a shower in the morning.