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11 March 2011 @ 03:14 pm

Which is easier to remember?

to take a pill every hour
to take a pill every two hours
to take a pill every four hours
all of the above are equally easy/difficult
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
metagnatmetagnat on March 11th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
To be fair, I've never had to remember to take a pill every hour, but I think I would need a crazy system to remember that.
evolution, and some other stuffjacflash on March 11th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
An iPhone (or any other phone with a timer/alarm function) is the perfect system for remembering that, fwiw.
metagnatmetagnat on March 12th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Yes, but not everyone has one of those.
Rowan: Wintermzrowan on March 11th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Waking up to take a pill every hour would drive me insane very quickly.
evolution, and some other stuffjacflash on March 11th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this. Remembering to do it isn't the issue.
born from jets!!!catness on March 11th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
I have trouble taking pills if they're with food. I can set an alarm and have it be okay otherwise.

If I had to wake up every hour to take a pill, I'd just say fuck it, let me die.
wild, predictable abandoncontessagrrl on March 11th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
My willingness to wake up every hour to take a pill would depend on the time frame.

Every hour for 2 night? 3 nights? 5 nights, and then I'm cured? Sold. Every hour for the rest of my life? Sorry, but I qualify for an IV drip at that point.

Recovering from surgery, I could (and did) take pain meds every 2 hours, and absolutely set an alarm in the middle of the night. Waking up every 2 hours was far preferable to waking up 4 hours later in excruciating pain (which is also bad pain management and not good for your body). I did this for two weeks. To be fair, I also wasn't expected to function during the days, and didn't.

As for remembering - I'm fortunate to be good at this sort of thing, so remembering to do something once/hour, once/2 hours, once/4 hours is all the same to my brain.
maebethmaebeth on March 11th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Even remembering to take it every DAY is hard for me. I decided against a migraine medication that had a side effect of seizures if you missed a dose. I use an inhaler now twice a day, and CANNOT REMEMBER. AFTER< UM< 30 years, still I forget.
Coscos on March 11th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Of these, I've only ever tried four hours, so I don't know whether the others would be easier or harder or the same.
Beahbeah on March 11th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
I base my answer on the fact that I have a lot of practice taking pills every 4 hours, and have gotten very good at it. The others would be harder until I'd adjusted to those rhythms too.
harimad on March 12th, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
I voted equally but neglected to think about overnight implications. OTOH the implications about overnight aren't about remembering, they're about waking up that often. So my reconsidered answer:

Equally easy to remember during the day. I'd probably have to set some sort of alarm. As it happens I have a watch with such an alarm but if I didn't and needed pills that often, I'd get an alarm.

Equally easy to remember at night because I'd have to set an alarm. But the more often I'd have to wake up, the harder it would be on me.