Taking Medication Responsibly

The best time to start working on medication management is in high school. Your family won’t be at school to remind you to take your medication. You will need to be responsible for taking your medication on your own. 

Here are some tips for managing your medications in college:

  • Follow the instructions carefully and take your medication as directed.
  • If you need to take the medication at the same time(s) each day, place medication in an easy to see location so you are reminded to take it, use a daily pill reminder box, and/or set an alarm on your phone for the time of day you need to take it. There are also several free medication reminder apps that can be installed on your mobile device. 
  • Know the dangers associated with mixing medications and alcohol.
  • Be aware that medications can react with other medications.
    • When getting a new prescription, be sure to tell you provider about the other medications you take.
    • Find out about over-the-counter medications that may react with your prescription.
  • Take the correct dosage; don’t take more or less of it, unless directed by your health care provider.
  • Don’t share your medication with others or take someone else’s medication. 
  • Don’t use your medication for any other illness or symptoms than the ones for which it was prescribed. 
  • Ask your pharmacist (either the one at home or at school) about the best ways to take the medication 
    • Does it matter if you take it on an empty stomach or with food?
    • What to do when you miss a dose?
    • Where is it best to store the medication?
    • Are there side effects with the medication?