Keeping track of medications

Tips and tools to help you keep track of your medicine

manage meds2Keeping track of medications and remembering whether a medication has been taken can be a daunting task. Many tools exist that can help you with this process, but what’s important is to develop a system that works best for you.

The following tools — some of which are available in the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center’s  patient tool kit — may help you:

  • A medication chart describing the medications, the reason you’re taking them and the time they should be taken.
  • A calendar that lists when to take medications each day.
  • A check-off list allowing you to check off when a medication is taken (even better if it allows you to track side effects or make other notes to monitor how the medication is working for you).
  • Pill boxes large enough to pre-fill a day’s or week’s worth of medication.
  • An alarm system to remind you to take your medications.

The Cancer Center Symptom Management and Supportive Care Program offers a medication management clinic to help you develop a reliable routine to fit your pharmaceutical needs. Learn more by calling 877-907-0859.


Emily Mackler, Pharm.D.

Emily Mackler, Pharm.D. regularly contributes to Pharmacist’s Corner.


The Cancer Center’s Symptom Management and Supportive Care Clinic helps patients maintain independence and increase comfort by managing the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of its treatment. The program is designed to assist patients at any stage in their cancer treatment. To make an appointment, call 877-907-0859.


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