Some of the best features of the new iOS 16 update that rolled out on September 12 are impressive simply because they are practically– for example, you can *finally* mark a text as unread on your iPhone. And a new feature is especially helpful for anyone who takes multiple medications (or cares for someone who does). In Apple’s Health app, you can now add a comprehensive list of your medications, set recurring reminders, mark medications as taken (with a timestamp), and share the information with people who may need access, such as health care providers. B. Family members or dependents. This is great news for those of us who often wonder, “Wait, did I take my pills? This Tomorrow or am I thinking about yesterday morning?”
To access the new feature, open the Health app, click the “Browse” button in the lower-right corner, and then tap “Medications.” From there, you can enter any medications you take regularly (including non-prescription medications and things you take as needed), as well as key details like dosage and the time of day you take them.
Next, you can choose the shape of the drug and its color, as well as a background color. (If you’re not sure what background color to choose, consider matching it to the bottle or container it comes in or the product label.) These visual cues can help people, including those who are take many medications, and for those who have vision problems, quickly scan the list to determine what medications they need to take (or have just taken) and then log them.
You can also set reminders, which is useful if you frequently forget to take a medication – or take it on time. These will appear on your home screen with a discreet message (which doesn’t give any details about the drug) asking you to take your pill (or injection, nasal spray, etc.) and log it. (Compared to when you use the native Alarms app to remind you to take your medication, there’s no way to log the dose or see what time you finally took it.) You can set reminders by clicking the Options tab under the Drugs list and making sure Notifications are enabled.
There’s also a section called Drug Interactions, which alerts you if you’re taking two (or more) drugs that are potentially dangerous if taken together, and lets you know if drinking alcohol might be risky given the drugs you’re taking is.
The medication function can also give caretakers security. For example, if you have an aging parent hundreds of miles away, they can share access with you, making it easy for you to see if they are taking their medication regularly and on time. It’s also incredibly handy when you see a new provider, especially in an emergency situation. You can show them a list of everything you take regularly or as needed by clicking the Export PDF button below the list of medications you have logged.