Starting a routine of complex multiple medicines all at once can be extremely demanding. Most people find that they need assistance from other people and a system of strategies to help them to establish a good routine. However, the converse is also true for some people we spoke to: routines can suffer over time once they no longer need close attention and mistakes can be made almost without realising it.
The timing of complex regimens is particularly challenging for some people, particularly if they experience side effects which need to be managed; for example, diuretics mean that people need to be close to a toilet, and many medicines cause drowsiness which can have a significant impact on waking hours.
Some medicines that need to be taken at the same time each day may mean that certain activities, particularly irregular ones like sleeping in on weekends, need to be adapted to accommodate the requirements of the medicine.