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Medication refill reminders

How do you all keep track of medications and when to refill them? Some of Rebekah's meds are on a very tight schedule so those are easy for me to keep track of and they are filled with a local pharmacy. But with her inhalers, they are mail order. And it seems I get the "hey mom, I need a new inhaler, mine is empty". I go to get another one and there are no more!  I have a rule, when you take the last box I need to know so I can refill, but for some reason that never happens. 

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  • mrsartz

    I usually call to refill when I have about 3 days left but there are times that I go a day without a medication because I didn't to the pharmacy in time to refill or ran out and had to wait for Dr to send to pharmacy. It seems more and more difficult to keep track with each new one added.

  • LK

    Some of my medicines are on 3-month mail order and on auto-refill and auto-renew.  Which is nice in that I get a 3-month supply all at once.  For new meds I just have to make sure I go online and enroll them in the auto-refill and auto-renew programs.  Only thing I don't like about this is that since the meds are shipped through regular mail, they are exposed to the variances in weather temperatures and humidities.  Also, sometimes the boxes are are a bit crumpled.  So far none of the meds have been damaged.  

    The others are on 30-day refill and the local pharmacy which has a neat reminder text program where I receive a text when the Rx is about to refill to see if I want to refill it.  I just have to text back 'Yes' and it is refilled.  It also sends a text when the order is ready for pick up.

  • Shea

    I always have extra box or inhaler in my "hurricane supply" just in case I accidentally run out and if I take it outta there, I refill it right away to replace it. I make sure to rotate the "hurricane supply" ones too so they dont expire. 

    Maybe you could keep your daughters last box/inhaler so that she has to come to you for it then you refill it right away. 

    It can be hard getting an extra inhaler with insurance– I have either had to ask for an emergency backup or pay out of pocjet to get that extra one. But it is handy in the case of lost inhalers or state emergencies or just last minute realizations tgat you are out.

  • mrsartz
    LK posted:

    Some of my medicines are on 3-month mail order and on auto-refill and auto-renew.  Which is nice in that I get a 3-month supply all at once.  For new meds I just have to make sure I go online and enroll them in the auto-refill and auto-renew programs.  Only thing I don't like about this is that since the meds are shipped through regular mail, they are exposed to the variances in weather temperatures and humidities.  Also, sometimes the boxes are are a bit crumpled.  So far none of the meds have been damaged.  

    The others are on 30-day refill and the local pharmacy which has a neat reminder text program where I receive a text when the Rx is about to refill to see if I want to refill it.  I just have to text back 'Yes' and it is refilled.  It also sends a text when the order is ready for pick up.

    Unfortunately, I don't think my local mom and pop pharmacy has that option but I'm definitely going to look into it.

  • mrsartz
    Shea posted:

    I always have extra box or inhaler in my "hurricane supply" just in case I accidentally run out and if I take it outta there, I refill it right away to replace it. I make sure to rotate the "hurricane supply" ones too so they dont expire. 

    Maybe you could keep your daughters last box/inhaler so that she has to come to you for it then you refill it right away. 

    It can be hard getting an extra inhaler with insurance– I have either had to ask for an emergency backup or pay out of pocjet to get that extra one. But it is handy in the case of lost inhalers or state emergencies or just last minute realizations tgat you are out.

    I had to pay out of pocket once because I lost my inhaler. Thankfully it "only" cost me $50. I  do get my refills when I still have about 20 puffs left then I throw it in my purse.  I have one with a few puffs right now in my junk drawer in the kitchen too.

  • Melissa G

    I didn't know you could do automatic refills….guess I will be calling caremark in the morning. 

  • LK

    Melissa,  We have Caremark, too.  You can go online to see all your prescriptions and manage the auto- options there if you want.

  • Shea

    I used to do that too Melissa– have extra ones with a few puffs left in drawers just in case– but ever since the hurricane last year I have made sure to have one full backup of all my meds in my drawer and the second I dip into it, I am filling my rx. But yeah it can be expensive if you have to pay out of pocket :/ .

    Autorefills are nice if it is a medication you need refilled every month on a schedule. I just switched my pharmacy when I moved– CVS has autorefill program but I actually like to refill mine as I get low because so many are "as needed". 

  • Pljohns

    A lot of mine are as needed too but when I get sick, I burn through them.  Things like levabuterol, budesonide and iapatropium I keep a stock pile of them.  My pulmo told me one time (my really good old pulmo) that meds don't "expire" -they may not be quite as potent as they are new so you may have to use albuterol every 3 hours instead of every 4 but she told me to never toss meds.  Now, I have found that the propellent in inhalers tends to go out and you don't get hardly any meds, so I"m more inclined to make sure those are in date.  My QVAR is now in a respihaler so no propellent to worry about with that any more.  

    for those of us with deductibles, once it's met, I get all of my meds refilled every 25 days or as quickly as the insurance will pay for it.  Usually by the end of the year I have a few months of extra steroids etc. which helps get me through the next year without all of my meds hitting the deductible at the same time.  If by chance, we hit our out of pocket cap (which we've only done once) I get everything filled becasue they pay 100% at that point.

  • Marie E Natzke

    I have auto refill with Walgreens. I don't need my rescue inhaler as much but I refill them for a couple months to keep them on hand