How to choose your pharmacy pillbox?

The monitoring of a drug treatment can be heavy and constraining for an elderly person. That’s why knowing how to choose a pillbox can be a great help.

Different types of pillboxes

The pillbox is a compartmentalized box that distributes the tablets in boxes to facilitate the taking of drugs. This feature also allows you to make sure you have not forgotten your treatment or to avoid the risk of double taking. The pillbox also has the advantage of being able to take with you his medication, for the day or the week, without having to take the boxes. There are different types of pillbox with different formats. The daily pillbox allows you to prepare your treatment for the day with 4 boxes: morning, noon, evening, night. Its small size allows it to be put in your pocket or purse. The pill weekly or weekly is intended to prepare your treatment by the week. It has 7 modules, 1 for each day of the week. Each module is in fact a daily pillbox. The electronic pillbox (such as the Pilbox Electro for example) includes, in addition to the pill pillar, an automatic sound or visual reminder device to promote compliance with the treatment. It also has a protective mechanism that prevents the wrong medication from being taken at the wrong time, thus allowing the elderly person to avoid overdose. It does not require the intervention of a third person (near or nurse) only once a week to prepare it.

The benefits of the pillbox

  • Allows you to prepare your medical treatment for the week. This can be done by yourself, a loved one or a nurse.
  • Facilitates taking medication. The question is often asked: have I taken my medicine this morning? Thanks to the medication range, it is enough to check if the box of the day of the week concerned is empty or not. No more forgetting to take this or that tablet, your treatment is better followed.
  • Respect prescribed doses: When you prepare your pill, you put in each box (morning, noon, evening and couché) the dose corresponding to your treatment. This guarantees you the correct treatment, as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Allows you to carry with you your medication, for the day or the week without having to take your boxes, at the risk of losing one. Your treatment is in one place. In addition to the very nice pillboxes with modern design, your tablet is much more discreet. There is no need to take the drugs out of their ward in front of everyone.

How to choose a pillbox

In choosing the most appropriate pill box format, it is important to consider the amount of medication prescribed to the elderly person, the size of the tablets and the number of daily doses. Depending on the pathology, some medicine boxes are more suitable than others. For example, there are pill boxes specific to homeopathy. It is important to consider the manual dexterity of the older person in order to choose the type of container that suits them (self-adhesive cells, sliding pod, drawer or lids). Some pill models may be particularly difficult to open if your loved one has osteoarthritis of the hand or Parkinson’s disease (tremors). In these cases, you will need to choose systems whose opening is facilitated. In the case of individual closure of the boxes, they must be large enough to recover small tablets easily, even with big fingers. If the elderly person is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, it is preferable to opt for a safe distribution pillbox to prevent the patient from taking all the medicines at once. Some pillboxes have more or less advanced locking functions, which prevent the patient from accessing his medication directly. This implies that there is a third party (caregiver, carer, nurse) to help with the medication. For elderly people with visual acuity problems, the boxes of the pillbox must be clearly identifiable: the inscriptions of the day of the week and the time of the day will be legible to avoid any error when taking the treatment. In order to reduce the risk of forgetfulness, it is important to keep the pillbox within sight, to associate taking medication with activities of daily living (eg, taking meals).


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