Recent studies show that in the United States, 50 percent of people taking prescription drugs, or other types of medications, forget to take them on time, or forget to take them at all.

For many people, keeping track of taking prescription drugs can be confusing, especially when there are different medications, different doses, and different times to take them. Forgetting to take a medication could have serious effects and it is important to have a reliable reminder for which medication to take at what time.

Today there are millions of Americans who use a smartphone or tablet. They can read the news, keep in touch with friends and family on social media, set an alarm to wake up, listen to music, and even play games. In order to keep up with the different ways people use their phones, companies are creating new apps every day and now you can find dozens of useful apps to help you remember to take your medications on time.

Here is a list of some of the more popular medication reminder apps that are on the market today, either for free, or for a monthly fee. Available for Android or iPhone, you can choose one that suits your needs the best.

1. Medication Reminder and Pill Tracker by MyTherapy is an app that is compatible with all your devices like your Android smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The app has a rating of 4.8 stars from over 52,000 reviews. It has been downloaded over one million times. This app does not contain ads which is a big deal if you do not want to be interrupted constantly by advertising.

Not only does this app track your medications and remind you when to take them, it can also track your mood and weight. And, it works as a health journal for you to jot down health information like blood pressure, blood sugar, and heartbeat to share with your health care provider.

2. Medisafe Medication Management Pill and Medicine Reminder is available only for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This app helps you remember when to take your medications and it also has warnings for drug-to-drug interactions. Medisafe Medication Management has a 4.7 star rating from over 33,000 reviews. You can use its basic features free of charge or get an upgrade to premium for a fee.

3. Pill Reminder and Medicine Tracker is another app designed by Medisafe and is available for both Android and iPhone. It has been rated 4.6 stars by 197,000 reviews and it has been downloaded more than one million times. The app is compatible on all devices and is easy to use. It tracks your medications and reminds you when to take them, but it also has an appointment feature on the calendar.

4. Mr. Pillster Pill Box and Pill Reminder Tracker rx by Whisper Arts is an app with a 4.5 star rating after more than one thousand reviews. It has been downloaded more than 100,000 times. This app contains ads and has in-app purchases, but you can use the basic features for free.

The app not only reminds you when to take your medications, it also has a built-in feature that measures your blood pressure and pulse and reminds you when it is time to take these measurements. Anther handy feature is that it reminds you when to drink water, meditate, and get up and walk around.

5.) Medhelper Pill Reminder and Med Tracker by Earth Flare, Inc. is an app with a 3.5 star rating. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is free to use the basic functions and has an upgrade to pro for a small fee. To use this app you just fill in all the information about your prescription drugs and it reminds you when to take your meds.

Today technology has hundreds of special applications you can use to make your life simpler. You do not have to risk forgetting to take your medications on time anymore when you use a medication reminder app on your smartphone or tablet.

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