Taking a number of medicines can mean there are a lot of packages, boxes and bottles of medicines to keep track of. Sometimes the number of boxes and bottles of medicines increases over time and can become difficult to manage. For some people, it began to take too long to take their medicines; others found they were more likely to make mistakes with their medicines.
A number of people we spoke to had discovered ‘dose aids’, such as dosette boxes and Webster-paks, to help them manage their medicines. They were often introduced to these by their doctor, pharmacist, a friend or family member. Dose aids are medication organisers that can come as pill boxes that people fill themselves. They may have one or two compartments, or up to four compartments (morning, lunch, dinner and evening) for each day of the week.
Some people use medication organisers for all of their medicines on a daily basis, others rely on them just for travelling or going out for the day. They can only be used for tablets and capsules (not other forms of medicine like ointments, creams, inhalers or suppositories) and cannot contain some prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines.