October 31, 2014
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Trouble opening your medicine?

Try these tips for making your medication containers easier to open:

  • Non-childproof lids: Most medications are dispensed in childproof containers. Childproof lids can be very difficult to open. If you are having trouble, ask your pharmacist for non-childproof lids. Remember to always keep medications well away from children.
  • Dosettes: Some pharmacies will package your medication in a dosette for you- find out if your pharmacy offers this service. Alternatively, you can purchase dosette containers and package it for yourself.
  • Blister packs: Some pharmacies will package your medication in blister packs - find out if your pharmacy offers this service.

Dosettes:

  • A "dosette" is a container where you can store and organize your medications into compartments for different times of the day (e.g., morning, noon, afternoon, or bedtime), usually for up to a week at a time. This way, you can see whether you have taken your last dose of medication. You can fill it yourself or have it filled by a pharmacist (which is a good idea if you have a complicated schedule).
  • Dosettes may also come with alarms that beep when it is time for your next dose.

Blister pack:

  • A "blister pack" is a special method of packing medications, where each dose of medication is placed in a small plastic bubble and backed by a sheet of foil. Medications are organized by day, usually for up to a week at a time. When it is time to take the medication, you simply push the pill through the blister packing. This way, you can see which doses you have taken.

Other hints: Some conditions, such as arthritis, can make it difficult to open containers. The Arthritis Society of Canada homepage at Arthritis Canada describes different ways to make daily activities, such as opening containers, easier.


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