There are various strategies that people use to help them remember to take their medicines. Some people carry an emergency supply so that they don’t risk missing a dose: one person does this by keeping a spare strip of some of her medicines in her purse, while another keeps a small cosmetic bag with spares of all her medicines just for going out.
Alarms are helpful, particularly for medicines that are more likely to be forgotten such as those that are taken at midday. Other people set an alarm on their mobile phone, so that they are reminded to take their medicine wherever they are. Smartphone apps specifically to help with remembering medicines were also found to be extremely helpful to the people who use them.
However, reminder systems for medicines are not always foolproof; they need to be easily accommodated into a person’s normal day for them to work. For example, one person we spoke to once had a job that involved working on rooftops and he would not have his medicines with him when the phone reminder alarm rang. By the time he was back on the ground, he had forgotten all about his medicines.