Medication compliance aids such as “Blister packs” (also known as “Dossette boxes”) are one of the methods used to help people remember to take their medicines.
Blister packs contain designated sealed compartments, or spaces for medicines to be taken at particular times of the day.
However, there is isn’t much evidence for their effectiveness. Furthermore not all medications are suitable to be dispensed in them due to sensitivity to light and temperature, thereby the Stennack Surgery do not advocate the usage of “Blister packs”, as the first choice intervention for helping people to manage their medicines at home.
There are other ways to support someone using the original packs of medicines such as:
- Alarms or Phone Apps: Set up an alarm on your watch, phone, or computer. Or, ask a friend or family member to remind you by phone or email to take your medicine.
There are also Phone apps, such as myGP which is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. Visit https://www.mygp.com/services/medicines/ or the NHS app library for more information.
- Reminder charts: If you like to use pen and paper to keep track of weather you have taken your medication, click here to download a ‘Medication Reminder Card’ which you can fill at home. Try pairing your medicine with an activity you do regularly or at a certain time to help you remember to take it.
- Large print labels: Ask your local pharmacist to stick a large print label on your medication box/container.
- Simplification of medication regimens: Consult with our Clinical Pharmacist about taking medications at the same time or the use of a longer-acting formulation.
We understand that medicine compliance aids might be useful for some people and typically these are organised by the local pharmacy. Therefore, we suggest speaking to them if you would like to explore this option further. Please note that the provision of these aids is at the discretion of the pharmacy and Stennack Surgery has no control over whether this service will be offered.
Alternatively you could purchase your own pillbox. These are available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours. They are inexpensive and easy to find at your local pharmacy or from online retailers. When using a pillbox, always keep the original medicine pack until you have taken the last pill.
And don’t forget to order your repeat prescription with plenty of time!