If medication is taken too late, it could leave your body without the extra help that medication provides, which could lead to pain, discomfort, or other negative effects that required you to take the medication in the first place.
If medication is taken too early, it could lead to negative health effects as minor as nausea or as major as overdosing.
With the importance of taking medication right on time, having a medication dispenser that also doubles as a medication reminder is more than just a bonus functionality -- it's a necessary one.
What is a Pill Dispenser?
While there are a variety of styles on the market, pill dispensers are generally designed to accurately provide one dose of medication at a time, keeping the rest of the medication safely stored away until it's time for the next dose, doubling also as a pill organizer.
Depending on the dispenser’s storage capacity, it can also handle multiple types of medications at once, dispensing several types at the same time if they are meant to be taken together.
How Does a Pill Dispenser With an Alarm Work?
A pill dispenser with an alarm reminds you when it is time to take medication, and then dispenses the medication for you.
Reminders will decrease the risk of missing doses, creating better medication safety and adherence outcomes. Many individuals taking daily medication are often distracted by watching the clock to make sure they stay on track; an alarm allows you to focus on enjoying your day instead of counting down the minutes to a dose.
Most pill dispensers with alarms limit how many daily alarms you can set, making them a suboptimal option for medication taken at varying times or just a few times a week.
With medication stored out of sight in a medication organizer, it’s also important for you and your caregiver to keep track of prescription refills. Being unable to see the pills can become an issue for some users who enjoy the freedom of medication dispensing so much that they no longer make a conscious effort to track their medication or their adherence.
The Best Solution: Fully Customizable Automatic Pill Dispensers
Fully automated medication management systems such as the Hero pill dispenser and app allow you to create a medication schedule based on your exact needs, going beyond the basic pillbox beeps and alarm sounds to help you stay on track.
Aside from a pleasant chime and a gentle flashing light on the dispenser itself, Hero can send texts, calls, and app notifications directly to your phone to let you know it's time for a dose. Additionally, if you're late to a dose or miss a dose, you can also set Hero up to send notifications to a family member or caregiver to help keep them in the loop.
Hero can store and organize up to 90 days' worth of 10 different medications, with the capability to program an additional 10 medication reminders right in the app, so you can rest assured that you get the right dose of the right medication, at the right time.
Streamlined Medication Management
One of the secrets to Hero's ease of use is in the connectivity between the dispenser and mobile app, which communicate directly through your home’s WiFi. This gives you real-time access to your dosing schedule, medication reminders, and your medication information and adherence, whether you are at home or at a doctor's appointment.
Even with your medication stored away in the dispenser, Hero also keeps track of refills for you and sends you a notification when pill count is getting low, further simplifying medication management.
Hero provides a closed-loop between healthcare providers, patients, loved ones, and caregivers. The app allows everyone involved to stay up-to-date on prescription information, dose changes, and medication adherence, all in just a few taps.
In addition to a lifetime warranty, Hero offers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week customer service with their affordable membership. If you ever have a question or need help, Hero is here, no matter the time of day.
Pill dispensers remain a great option for keeping medication safely stored and easily dispensed, replacing the need to open bottles and sort pills into a weekly pillbox. Pill dispensers with alarms offer additional help in reminding you when it's time for a dose, though they do have their caveats for medication schedules more complex than daily doses.
With the increasing number of people experiencing polypharmacy, Hero is an ideal tool to easily manage multiple medications and dosing schedules. The Hero dispenser and app work in conjunction to store, dispense, notify, report, track, and manage. Home care has never come with so much peace of mind.
If you're ready to upgrade from a pill dispenser with an alarm to an entire medication management system designed with you in mind, get started with Hero today.