It is estimated that about 50% of patients in the United States are not taking their medications as prescribed, meaning they either miss a dose or take double doses, which both may put them at risk to end up in a hospital or even dead.
Staying adherent to a medication regimen is vital, but it could also be a nuisance without some sort of a reminder. Fortunately, there are many apps for Android and iPhone, free or paid, that can be used as pill reminders by patients who are taking their own medications, or caregivers who care for regimens of others, their family members for example.
Here, we listed some of the most popular medication reminder apps. I decided not to include some of the apps that certainly deserve their spot on this list, such as CareZone app, which is not only a medication reminder but also a tracker and comprehensive resource of medical information.
I hope you'd find some good apps that would help you stay adherent to your medication regimen.
MediSafe app is probably one of the most popular pill reminder apps, which is available for free on Android and iOS. It is made with a goal to solve the medication adherence problem, by helping users remember when to take their pills and manage pill usage.
MediSafe app is designed for the patients and their families. Each family member can install the app on their devices, and then sync them with each other to be alerted if one of them misses their medication for the day. This makes the MediSafe a perfect app for caregivers who are taking care of several families with numerous family members.
Medisafe app can also be used as an ideal organizing tool for taking vitamins, tracking glucose levels, tracking period, and monitoring other health concerns.
Another app similar to MediSafe is Med Helper, which is also available for Android and iOS devices as both free and paid app. It doesn't just remind patients to take their medications or renew their supplies, but also allows them to schedule appointments with their doctor, or to track their vitals after every activity.
Med Helper is a straightforward and easy-to-use app, with a simple design, allowing users to easily enter all information and set reminders, which can be customized.
It lacks pill ID or barcode scanner tools like many other pill reminder apps, but even without these features, Med Helper is still very useful app to all patients looking to organize a variety of things concerning medication adherence.
Round Health is another popular medication reminder app, but only available on iPhone and Apple Watch. It allows users to choose the pills they use from an extensive list, which contains prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as supplements.
Users may choose to register the account in the app, which it's completely optional, but helps users track their medication history and sync with other devices. Even without registration, it's possible using the fully-functional app.
As said, the app is not available on Android, but it can be used on Apple smartwatch and send notifications there, so that patients never miss their pills, even if they're away from their iPhone.
Our score: 82%
MedicineWise app, formerly known as MedicineList, is the app that focuses on patients and caregivers in Australia, providing them with a comprehensive and easy to use medication reminder system that takes the stress out of managing drugs they or people they care for use.
While MedicineWise app is a well-rounded tool, it is somewhat limited by a lack of drug brand names outside the Australia, so keep that in mind if you plan to install it.
Dosecast app has a bit lower score, mostly due to its design, which is too simple, and a lot of features that are locked in a free version of the app. Still, it made to the list, because it is still very popular app among many users looking for a simple and straightforward pill reminder app.
However, even if you decided to spend extra bucks on the paid version ($3.99), it doesn't offer a lot more than in a free version of the app.
There are certainly better solutions that would keep you reminded when to take your pills.
Patient Partner App
We already wrote a couple of articles and app reviews mentioning how games and gamification concept can be used to improve health.
Perhaps the medication adherence can be improved this way too. The folks at the CyberDoctor Company think it can, so they created Patient Partner app that lets patients play the game while waiting in the doctor's office. The game is an interactive and engaging clinical case, reminiscent of a Choose Your Own Adventure games, with a goal to increase medication adherence among the patients. One clinical study has shown that this approach is actually fruitful and that the app increased medication adherence by 37%.
Unfortunately, Patient Partner is only available for iPhone and iPod Touch. Users with Android and other devices have to wait or look elsewhere.
Our score: N/A
My PillBox App
My PillBox app is a medication and pill reminder designed to help patients and caregivers properly track their medications use, thanks to the 'visual' approach that uses 12 different medication types, as well as 9 colors.
The app also supports adding and tracking medications for multiple persons, which makes it a perfect tool for caregivers, who care for their relatives.
Besides patients and caregivers, My PillBox app can be used by doctors as well. The app allows them to monitor medication adherence through an analytics dashboard.
My PillBox app is only available on Android, with no word on when it could become available on iOS devices.
Our score: N/A