Pill Alarms, a Good Reminder to Take Your Meds
Pill alarms are a good idea for anyone that has trouble remembering to take their medications.
Most are box-shaped designs that can be used to hold and dispense your pills as well as to let you know when it is time to take them.
Some are seven day systems. So you can pack them up just once a week. That's an especially good option for caregivers.
You can choose devices that vibrate or sound an alarm. Some are equipped to be set for as many as 37 different medications.
Missing pill indicators are options in some models. Other options include being able to adjust the volume of the alarm or switch to silent vibrating mode.
The models with the most options are the most costly. It's a good idea to compare the different products available and read the reviews. Seeing what other people have to say can help you make your decision, although the reviewers don't always agree.
One of the things that users tend to disagree about is ease of use. Some models have boxes that are easier to open than others. A person with arthritis will find a hard to open box difficult to use.
Some users are concerned about child safety. Most boxes do not come with childproof lids. So, you'll need to make sure that your medications are always kept out of the reach of children.
Birth control pill alarms are a more specific type of system. They are designed specifically for birth control pills, which should be taken at the same time every day in order to be most effective.
There are several different brands on the market. They vary in style and price. Some are actually very attractive. They look like travel alarm clocks with digital displays and silver cases.
Of course, most pill alarms are purely functional. They are simply one step above the old plastic pill cases that included the days of the week on the lids.
Those cases were enough to let people organize their meds and be sure that they took everything they were supposed to every day. The main drawback was that different pills need to be taken at different times of the day. There was no way to even make a note of that on the case.
The new medication alarms take care of all of that with a digital clock. All you do is insert batteries and pills, set the alarms and you'll never forget your meds again.