As Google Play’s Number 1 medicine , Medisafe is an application that is available on both the Android OS and Apple OS, unfortunately at present there is no release for Kindle Fire or Windows Phone OS.
It is the application I (Jeni) use to help with my daily medications and even to help me re-order my medication when they are due and all screenshots below are from my own application use.
Medisafe allows you to store all your medication details, including
- Dosage in mg / ml etc
- How many tablets etc you need to take
- When you need to take it (you can select a certain amount of times per day and it will work out an average for you, or you can set your own designated times) It will display a notification to prompt you to take tablets.
- How many tablets you have been prescribed
- When you would like to be reminded to re-order
You can even create the shape / type and colour of your medication so if you are having a particular foggy day this helps remind you which tablets are which.
If you find that you really need help keeping on top of your medications and even this app reminding you isn’t enough, you can add a Medi-Friend (someone that also uses that app or someone you ask to download the app for you. My hubby has it on his phone) what this does then is if you forget to take your medication it will ‘Notify’ your Medi-Friend, they can then text, ring, nudge you to take your medication.
The only downside I have with this application is for those medications that are not taken all the time. E.g. Co-Codamol. You NEED to remember to add the taken tablets in the app after taking them, which I sometimes forget. However there are ways around this… for example, you could add the medications already scheduled to be taken 4 times a day and then click ‘Skip’ to not take the medication or ‘Take’ if and when you take it.
You can have you display to show your pills split into 4 segments – Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Night. When you first download the application however the times are set automatically for you as
- Morning 12am – 6am
- Afternoon 6am – 12pm
- Evening 12pm – 6pm
- Night 6pm – 12am
I found this rather confusing so changed the times to suit my needs. This can be done within the settings of the application where you can also show a pill box in square or round.
When you have added your medication into the app you can see what information you have stored for it. Click to suspend the medication, in case the doctor has taken you off the medication for a reason, or refill and add how many more you have been given for your new prescription from the doctor. This even provides you with the information that is supplied within the medication box.
This part however only works for medication that is already pre-entered into Medisafe (meaning you can search the medication you want to add) For any medication that you have to manually add yourself the information sheet will not show.
I have found the pain killers (e.g. Paracetamol / Co-codamol and Ibuprofen) do not come up in the Medisafe search and need to be manually added to the application.
You can create yourself a weekly report on how you have followed your medication through out the week. In my screenshot you can see that I have followed it by 93% of the time. this is because I have medications added that I take on demand not currently required daily.
There are measurements you can add into the application for those that need it, this include
- Pain Level
- Bowel Movements
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Glucose Level
- And many others…
Medisafe is available to download from both Android Play Store and Apple App Store or even visit their website here – https://medisafe.com/