Mia: Organising and storing medicines – Storing medicines using dose aids

Listen to patients and health professionals speak about their experience with taking multiple medicines.

Age at interview: 30
Number of medicines: 12
Cultural background: Israeli-Australian

Mia recently thought about ways to help remember to take her medicines. She found some pill boxes online that she liked and that were appropriate for a 30-year-old woman.


It's the issue that I am still dealing with, which is actually remembering to take it. I haven’t figured out a solution to that one yet. In fact this week I decided that maybe if I had some very pretty decorative pill box, not the old person's Sunday, Monday, Tuesday one but the one I found had a little moustache on it and it said, ‘My Stache’. I kind of liked that. I thought maybe I can entice myself into it with some pretty little pill box, but I will see how it goes.


Where do you find that?


The internet, you can find anything on the internet, Dr Google. Yeah, there are pretty ones. I have been doing the Google and there are some with some very cringe-worthy, snappy comments on the front. They have a definite target audience which is not a 30-year-old female, but I found one with a lovely Van Gogh almond blossoms on it and the ‘My Stache’ one, that had a good ring to it, but I guess you can't travel with them because then you have got a whole lot of unlabelled pills with you and that could get you a cavity search in an airport and that's undesirable. So when I am travelling I will still have to go back to the old way.

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The Living with multiple medicines project was developed in collaboration with Healthtalk Australia.