Don’t Forget to Take Your Medication: An App for All the Chronically Complex Folks

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[Image shows three spoons on a laptop keyboard. Overlaid is clipart of torn white notebook paper with a red paper clip. On the paper in black text reads “Don’t Forget to Take Your Medication: An App for All the Chronically Complex Folks” and below in small barely visible red text is the URL for Thee Crohnie Grace Blog]

I am probably the worst about taking medication without having someone breathing down my back reminding me. I have a bad habit of just not taking my medicine. Like my potassium, or occasionally something more serious like prednisone or flagyl because they are just super gross and make me feel sick. So sometimes I decide to be a bad patient and just skip it.

Well with proper motivation and something reminding me and essentially breathing down my neck to take my medication, I no longer skip doses of anything. And that is where this App comes in handy. It not only gives you an alarm, it gives you motivation through chances to win gift cards or donations to charities, and provides you information on your medication in a simple way.

    Mango Health! 

   This app allows you to plug in your medication that you are on, it will ask you what form which includes a variety from tablet to capsule to a concentrated form or liquid , injection, pad, inhaler, paste, etc. It gives you the option if you chose a pill to put in the shape and color of the medication so you will not forget. Then it has the choice to plug in your quantity so that every time that you mark that you have taken your dose, it will keep track of when you run low and need to order a new prescription. It will then ask for your dose, any notes such as “take 10mg with food”, and how often it needs to be taken and at what time.

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[Image shows an orange border that reads “My Meds” and then has lists of the medicines I am on “Entyvio, Depo-Provera, Zofran, Tramadol, Klor-con, Carvedilol, Celexa, Klonopin, Zyrtec, Tylenol” It then will tell you your percentage of times taken on time. how many tablets or mL you have remaining .]

Besides each of your listed medications it will tell you your percentage of times that you have taken your pills on time, along with the amount of tablets or mL you have remaining. It will also show the community percentages of how often all people on Mango Health remember to take the same medication.

On the “Home” tab it will give you a schedule below “Tips On Getting Started”. This schedule will tell your what your next medication is and at what time, it will tell you how many points you have (you get 10 points for taking all your meds on one day) and what level you are.

It will also give you a quick view of all of your medication. As well as your history such as day streaks for how many days you have taken your medicine correctly in a row, your lifetime percent of taking your medication on time, and your monthly percent.

There is a little quick view for your inbox for if you get new messages from Mango Health, and then an option to fill in “My Latest Mood” to record how you are feeling that day.

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[Image shows the Mango Health Banner, along with a bunch of mini banners “Schedule” which reads “Today 11:00PM Klor-Con 2 tablets”, “Points: Total Points 20. Level 1. 30 Points to Next Level.”, “My Medications” with little black and white images for injections, pills, and liquid medication and then the names of those meds, then you can see the top of the “History” banner. And at the bottom there’s a banner with a blue house that says “Home”, an envelope that says “Inbox”,  a clock that reads “History”, a little pill that says “My Meds”, and then an ellipsis that reads “More”.]

One of the greatest features of this app is it’s ability to find interactions between your medication and over the counter medication as well as interactions between your own medications. Mango App can answer any questions you may have about your medication without having to go through pages of google and trying to figure out what certain terms mean. It’s all here in plain English.

It will tell you all the brand names for the medication, what it is used for, what you need to tell your doctor before starting, things you should know while taking the medication, side effects, how it’s taken, what to do if you miss a dose, how to dispose of the medication, and just general drug facts.

If any of your medications interact, Mango Health will let you know how serious the interaction and what to watch out for. As well as it will let you know if you medication will interact with any over the counter medication such as tylenol or allergy medication.

The next tab is your History tab which includes the medication you have taken and your mood input! The tab following that is My Meds which is where you can see all your medication and check it’s information and alerts of interactions right there without having to scroll through your entire inbox.

The More tab just includes “Settings”, “Help”, “Invite Friends”, and “Rate Us”.

The motivation to take your medication is point based, as you level up and gain more points you have a chance to win gift cards to some of your favorite stores or restaurants or to donate to a charity. It is compatible with iOS 7 or later on all I-Products. It’s ratings are fabulous and I can’t agree more with how useful it is and how it helps motivate me to take my medications throughout the day!

So if you are looking for a motivational way to remember to take your medication, or take a lot of medication and need to know how they react together, don’t mess around with Google for hours, download Mango Health and save yourself some time!

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