Once upon a time I didn't need a pill box or any sort of planner sheet to track my medication. I opened my sinus medication every night, took my pill and that was it. There was a time that I didn't even need that - oh, those were the days!
Twenty-two years, two babies, kidney failure, 15 months of dialysis and a transplant later, I have a variable laundry list of medication that I take on a daily basis.
At first it was rather simple to keep it all organized. When I got low on a medication I would call in a refill and then pick it up. Later, I purchased a smartphone and soon began using my pharmacy's app. This app made ordering refills a breeze! But then there came changes in insurance and new guidelines (I'll spare you all of that) and things weren't so simple anymore.
All of a sudden I needed to get medication at two different pharmacies and I had to keep up with how many prescriptions my insurance would pay for in a month and then there were certain medications they would cover that didn't count toward against my limit but they were 90 day prescriptions and if I didn't order every 30 days...well, it was a jumbled mess in my head.
So, that's where my planner and simple tracking came in. On graph paper I listed my medications 3 different times down the side of the page, skipping a couple of lines between each instance. I number columns 1-12 across the top for the months of the year. In the first section when I refilled a medication, I would right in the appropriate date under the correct month so that at a glance I could see when I last refilled.
In the second section I made 5 rows and listed the 5 medications that my insurance pays for each month, making sure I list them in order of price (anti-rejection medications are costly). I do this to make sure that I don't fill a $20 prescription and accidentally bump a $700 medication our of my top five. It also shows me when I have an empty slot that I might need in the future
The last set of medications are my maintenance drugs, or my 90 day medications. I list the dates last ordered and then use my highlighter to mark 3 months ahead so that I will know when to order again. Some medications I don't need to be reminded to refill as I can see when I'm low. My insulin usage amount varies so I don't run out as quickly but I still need to order it to keep it at maintenance status. I hope that is not confusing - probably none of you need to know how I do that - the point is, a sheet of graph paper and a list of medications is all you need to oversee the many different areas of tracking medication.