Track Your Medications
by: Gerald Adkins • 1
Keep track of your medications and receive reminders when it’s time to take them.
I developed this app following a recent illness of congestive heart failure. At first the amount of new information to be managed was overwhelming and I needed help. This new reality I found myself dealing with inspired this app and several others to help manage weight, blood sugar levels and blood pressure monitoring.
"To get maximum benefit from your medications, it is important to take them exactly as prescribed by your doctor. In fact, your chance of a better health outcome improves when you take your medications as directed. But four out of 10 older people who take more than one drug still do not take one or more of their prescriptions according to their doctor's instructions. If any of these [statements] apply to you, you may not be getting the full benefit of your medications. …
I sometimes forget to take my medication.
I sometimes take my medication at the wrong times.
I take many different medications and sometimes it's hard to keep them straight.”
This brief statement of the importance of taking medications correctly appears on the home page of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company that was founded in 1849.
This application will allow you to record all of your medications, dosages, and the times to be taken. You will have this record with you to consult with your health care providers and pharmacist as needed. You can choose from a variety of reminders to help you manage your time schedules, to include task bar reminders with or without sound or vibrations, an alert dialog box displaying the medications that should be taken, and using text messages to either the phone running the application or to a second phone.
The Main display provides a complete schedule of daily medications, including the time and a description of the medication or dosage, number of pills, etc. This can be as brief or as detailed as the user desires. Reminders, as selected on the reminder screen, will contain this information and occur at the time selected for the medication.
The Add Medications tab enables you to add new medications to your schedule. Before a medication can be saved, both a time and description must be provided. A reminder is displayed if an attempt to save is made without this information. Before medications are entered, a sample medication schedule is displayed with a note to enter your medications.
The Edit tab navigates the app to a display allowing all recorded entries to be updated or deleted. All editing is accomplished using a standard dialog box and text field.
The Reminders tab allows the setting of notification bar reminders, to include alarm sounds and vibrations, the display of medications that are scheduled to be taken now, and the ability to send this display of medications by text message to both this phone, the device running the application, and to a second phone. The user can either enter the number directly into the text box provided or select the browse button to access the contacts stored on the phone. A momentary message will be displayed if the contact selected does not have a phone number. The notification icon displays the number of medications scheduled to be taken. Reminders that are started persist through power off and restarting of the phone.
The Color tab allows a choice from twenty-six different color schemes. The selection is made by a simple tap of a radio button on the row of colors desired. This will change the background, borders, and text colors on all screens of the application, with the exception of buttons and input text boxes.
This application does not include any internal advertising.
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