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Forget to Take a Pill? Get a Reminder Text

Forget to Take a Pill? Get a Reminder Text

You donít have to tell us it can be hard to remember your†pill every day. And itís not just birth control users: the World Health Organization estimates that half of people taking medication of any kind have problems taking it on time. Some medications even come in bottles with tops that flash red if you forget to take a dose. Pill packaging hasnít gone so high tech, but if you use Bedsider youíre probably well aware that thereís another technological solution:†cell phone (or email) reminders.

A new study from researchers at Columbia University showed that getting a daily text message reminder about the pill helped busy New York women remember to take it. It also helped them stick with it over time: after 6 months, more women getting the texts were still using the pill compared to women who didnít get the texts. What we want to know: were their reminders as much fun as†ours?

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Originally published on November 23, 2011, on bedsider.org.

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Everyone should have the life they want, when they want it. And until someone is ready to have a baby, we believe they should have access to birth control. Thatís where we come in. Bedsider makes birth control easier. How? By giving you everything you need to find it, get it, and use it well.

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3:07AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thanks.

4:14AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

noted

3:10PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

What I do for my AM medications (I have lupus, so there are quite a few) is use one of those seven-day pill-minder containers. I fill it on Sunday nights and bring it to work with me. It's become habit to simply open that day's little compartment and take the whole bunch as I drink my morning coffee and eat a little something.

2:02AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Thanks

4:25PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Funny how you can program you cell phone to go off at the same time, everyday, without having to give your phone number to an organization. It's the alarm, calendar or reminder function.

4:25AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Unfortunately can not take the pill my body can't stand it AT ALL this is very bad to me

1:03AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

noted, thank you

11:29AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Noted

11:00AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

thx

1:27PM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Normally, I avoid habits, as much as possible or reasonable, but this is one instance, where I believe in them. Vitamins are ultra-important, when we consider our currect diet. Very few of us get the nutrition that is needed for good health.

Some, of course not all, medications prescribed by our physicians, would be unnecessary, if we ate a proper diet and/or took our needed supplements.

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