11 Creative Ways to Remember to Take Your Thyroid Pill

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The doctors frequently call it "non-compliance." But in plain English, the issue is "not taking your prescribed medicine" in the quantity, time, and manner in which it was prescribed as a treatment.

Non-compliance with prescription medications is actually far more common than you'd think, and some experts say that as many as half the population don't take drugs that are prescribed, don't taken them properly, or stop taking their prescribed treatments entirely.

One challenge is that it truly can be hard to remember to take your thyroid pill. It's essential, however, to take your thyroid medication:

  • when you're on thyroid hormone replacement drugs because you're hypothyroid
  • when you're on thyroid hormone replacement drugs because you have had all or part of your thyroid removed or disabled using radioactive iodine
  • when you're on thyroid hormone replacement drugs after you have had your thyroid surgically removed
  • you are taking antithyroid drugs to control hyperthyroidism.

Your health depends on taking the prescribed thyroid drugs daily, as prescribed by your doctor.

Even a day or two when you forget or fail to take your prescribed thyroid medications can throw off your treatment regimen dramatically, cause significant fluctuations in your TSH level, other levels, and most importantly, your symptoms. This, in turn, can have a negative impact on your overall health. That is why it is critical that you remember to take your prescribed thyroid medicine every day, at the recommended time or times, as your doctor has recommended.

How to Remember Your Thyroid Medication

Here are some tips that may help you remember to take your thyroid medication.

  1. Write a reminder in your datebook or day planner. You can even write it in a special color that is harder to miss.
  2. Since you're reading this on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, consider putting your reminder into a scheduling program. Some programs allow you to set a regular daily "appointment" at a particular time. Most smartphone calendars have an alarm function that you can set to remind you. You can even find programs and apps that will remind you to take your medications at preset times.
  3. Put a message on your computer's screen saver.
  4. Keep your thyroid pill container right on top of your alarm clock or on your nightstand, so you can remember to take your medicine first thing in the morning. (But be careful, however, to keep your medications away from children, for safety purposes.)
  5. Put a note to remind you to take your medication in places where you will notice it every day. Some good locations include the refrigerator, your coffee maker, your toothbrush, or on your bathroom vanity mirror.
  1. Take your medicine the same time every day, so it becomes a habit.
  2. Hire an outside calling service to give you a daily "wake-up" call to remind you to take your pill. If you have a home voicemail system, you may be able to program it to deliver an automated daily reminder call at the same time each day. 
  3. Use a pill sorter or a device known as a "dosette," which has compartments for different days, or even different times of the day.
  4. Get a special device to remind you to take your pill. Epill.com offers a variety of devices, including medication computers, vibrating watches, automatic dispensers, beepers, and other alarms that can help keep you on schedule for taking your medication.
  5. Enlist the aid of a family member or friend to help. Sometimes, just a few weeks of friendly reminders can help you get into the habit of taking your medicine at the right time every day.
  6. Use a pharmacy mail-order service like PillPack which organizes your medications into small packages, each marked by date and time when they are supposed to be taken. 

    A Word From Verywell

    It is, as noted, very important to take your prescribed thyroid medications as your doctor prescribed and to aim to take them at the same time every time. 

    For more information and support, you may want to explore more about how to take your thyroid medication, as well as these things you should know about your thyroid hormone.