Medication – that’s prescribed medication, not the stuff people buy online or get from friends – can be really useful. It treats the symptoms of many mental illnesses so people can concentrate on other aspects of treatment and recovery.
But medication needs to be properly managed. This means making sure that:
- you know what you’re taking, especially what any side effects are
- you’ve always got enough in
- it’s stored correctly
- it isn’t out of date
- you actually take it in the prescribed way.
Sorting of this out takes time and can get complicated if you need different medication at different times of the day, or if your illness affects your memory or motivation to do things.
But there are simple things you can do to help, such as:
- using pill boxes
- putting reminders around the house
- using alarms and reminders on your phone
- using apps.
Check out MedAdvisor for some useful information, tips and practical help.
If you’re thinking about stopping your medication, click here to find out what you need to know.