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    How does everybody here manage it? Do you have pillboxes and alarms and other such systems for remembering and ordering your meds?

    At the minute I have a weekly pill box and still sometimes forget to take some meds. It can be 9pm before I think.... "sh*t, i havent taken my meds yet" and then I have to try get them all taken before bedtime! I even have a daily alarm on my BB but most days I dismiss it and say i'll take them in a minute but then get distracted and forget.

    On Friday I get my methotrexate and that has to be taken at same time and day each week I believe. I am going to have to have a million reminders in various different ways to remember to take them.
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    Vitamin D, Calcium Suppliments, Iron, Cod Liver Oil.

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    As many have heard we keep a white board on the wall between the kitchen and dining area. When I am going through a time of really bad memory "take meds" with the time is on the white board. The methotrexate is easy. I take it before bedtime on Sunday night. The problem I have is that I am thinking that I am missing some meds. I don't mean they are stolen I am thinking that I have run out of some but I have no idea which ones. I had a list of meds that I kept in my purse but who knows where that is now. Each night I look at them and think "it seems like I had more before" LOL.

    Change of subject... I noticed your 40mg of ammitriptyline daily...I take 150 daily and, at one time, took 300! Wow... now I feel like slug LOL

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    i take my pills twice a day.
    once as i get out of bed.
    and again when i am getting ready for bed.

    i make up a weekly package.
    i use a list to remeber what goes where and when.
    i keep a copy of this list next to my meds, in my wallet and on my computer.

    i still have trouble remembering sometimes.

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    I wish I could answer but I still havent found a solution to this problem myself. Me and my pills are usually in an epic battle just to get me to take them, much less remember when to take them. If Im tired at night or rushed in the morning Im lucky I remember them at all whether its later than Im supposed to take them or not. I have a love hate relationship with them, and lately its been mostly hate. Which is probably why I mostly feel like crap. I hope you find a good system. AM PM pill cases help, along with a phone alarm. I've considered doing sticky notes of stuff I typically use around the time Im supposed to take them like my tooth brush at night and computer in the morning. I havent actually done it yet lol but I think it'd be helpful.
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    Yes I am on a low dose of amitriptyline. (I hate spelling that word, I swear I spell it differently each time!) I started off on 10mg but have had to increase. I only take it to help me sleep!! I cannot imagine having to take 300mg!! Is that for sleeping or is it for pain relief?

    What dosages does amitriptyline come in? Currently I take 4x10mg at bedtime. But I dont imagine you take 15x10mg daily!
    Diagnosed: Lupus (SLE), Inflammatory Arthritis
    Medication: 400mg Hydroxychloraquine daily, 40mg amitriptyline daily, 90mg Codeine daily (sometimes more), Ibuprofen and paracetamol.
    Vitamin D, Calcium Suppliments, Iron, Cod Liver Oil.

    So far 2 months free of prednisalone

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    Sticky notes sound like a good idea actually! Might have to try that one.
    Diagnosed: Lupus (SLE), Inflammatory Arthritis
    Medication: 400mg Hydroxychloraquine daily, 40mg amitriptyline daily, 90mg Codeine daily (sometimes more), Ibuprofen and paracetamol.
    Vitamin D, Calcium Suppliments, Iron, Cod Liver Oil.

    So far 2 months free of prednisalone

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    I keep my meds in their original bottles right next to the candy jar in my kitchen. I walk past that jar (full of peanut M&M's) a half dozen times a day at least, and since my attention always goes to the candy jar, I see my meds right there, and take them when it's close to the time to take them. I don't shoot for taking my meds at the exact same time every day. I figure as long as I'm within a couple of hours of the target time, I'll be fine.

    It sounds funny, but it works for me. Raiding the candy jar was an established habit, so putting the meds there did the trick.

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    Nikki,

    I keep my meds in one of the kitchen draws and sort them out every sunday night after i take the plaquenil at 11 into a pill box...i think i've done it that long for 25yrs it's a regular routine but i do have my moments of forgetting to take my morning tablets and soon know if i've forgotten them i get the shakes by 11am..when i should have took them at 9.

    Mind you it's one boring routine and i always say to my hubby i dow have to become a chunky as i am one already.

    Terry xxx

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    I take my first half of meds in the morning. Okay, it's technically not "morning", since I normally take them after I wake up, which is around 1... I know, I know, I sleep a lot. Normally I stumble out of bed and make myself take them with a piece of toast or something. Othertimes I put it off for an hour. My second batch, I have an alarm at 9PM - because one of my meds I have to take at the same time every day, and I normally take all of them then. Sometimes I skip the ones I don't need to take right away, and end up taking them before bed or the next time I get a snack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob View Post
    I keep my meds in their original bottles right next to the candy jar in my kitchen. I walk past that jar (full of peanut M&M's) a half dozen times a day at least, and since my attention always goes to the candy jar, I see my meds right there, and take them when it's close to the time to take them. I don't shoot for taking my meds at the exact same time every day. I figure as long as I'm within a couple of hours of the target time, I'll be fine.

    It sounds funny, but it works for me. Raiding the candy jar was an established habit, so putting the meds there did the trick.

    Rob if I did this I would weigh 300 pounds!

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