Treatment Basics

Taking Your Medications

Striving for complete adherence to your medications is the goal, but no one is perfect and there might be times that you forget to take a pill or miss a dose of lactulose. In fact, some of the symptoms of HE – like anxiety, confusion and forgetfulness – make remembering to take all your medications all the time even more difficult. However, there are some simple strategies that can help:

  • Get as much support as possible. Enlist the help of family and friends to help remind you to take your medicine and watch for symptoms.
  • Buy a 7-day pill box (available at most drug stores) to organize your pills for the week. This will help you keep track of what pills need to be taken when and if you’ve taken them.
  • Set alarms to remind you to take your medications. Cell phones and many watches have an alarm function, most of which can be put on “vibrate” when in public.
  • As best you can, try to keep a regular schedule of eating and sleeping. A regular routine will help you remember to take your medications, particularly if you take them with meals or at bedtime.