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Trouble Opening Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis Medications

October 22, 2013


I have to take several medications to treat my MS and various symptoms. Pardon the pun, but it really adds insult to injury that I have issues taking my meds because the packs are too hard to open! I don't always have the control over my hands that I used to, and all sorts of packs give me different issues. Some of the medicines I take come with childproof caps, but I don't have any children in my home; I don't even really stand a chance with those and need someone to help open them. Half the time I try to use the blister packs, the pill ends up on the floor and across the room. What can I do to make the process of taking my pills easier?

Trouble opening my medication

Nurse Karen replies:

I also have problems with childproof caps, so I certainly understand where you're coming from. The easiest thing to do is to ask the pharmacist to replace those childproof caps with regular screw-on type caps when you pick up your prescription. If the pharmacist balks, just explain that you don't have children in the home and it shouldn't be a problem.

If you have prescriptions delivered or mailed to you, I would call the specialty pharmacy, explain the situation, and ask them if they wouldn't mind replacing the childproof caps for you.

As far as the blister packs go, I recommend using a large mixing bowl or something similar and pushing out a pill into the bowl. That way, they can't roll off of the counter and onto the floor. If it's too difficult for you to do, ask a family member or a friend to open the blister packs and do the same thing.

I hope that helps.

— Nurse Karen, MS One to One® Nurse

Nurse Karen ; Independence ; Pain ; Medication ; Everyday Tasks


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