Don’t Want to Take Medicine Every Day? Now You Don’t Have to

As someone who’s supposed to take medicine at the same time every day, I’ll admit it’s not always easy. It’s not hard per se… things just get in the way. If my daily routine changes – meaning if I wake up earlier, sleep in later, or just don’t need to go to work (because weekends) – then I can forget.

Here’s the problem: forgetting my medication isn’t just a little oops, no big deal, life moves on sort of thing.

For me, forgetting means I will feel the effects of my medicine wearing off. That means withdrawal symptoms and a pretty bad day.

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It feels like this sometimes. Source: www.giphy.com

You would think that such a negative response to forgetting medicine would train me, like a reverse Pavlovian dog, to take my medicine at the same time every day.

You’d be wrong.

I’m human and stuff happens, okay? It’s not that I don’t want to comply – but in order to take my medicine, I first must have the thought “take your medicine.” If that thought doesn’t come, what can I do? (And before you say “set a reminder on your phone,” I DO THAT but sometimes I forget to charge my phone.)

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^ This. Not always useful. Source: www.giphy.com

Point is, I can be forgetful.

But now – and here’s the awesome thing – a company has come up with a way for me to NOT have to remember to take my medicine every day, even if my doctor prescribes a daily medication.

Say what?

Lyndra Inc. has developed a device that lives in your belly and can store medication with pH-dependent chemicals.

That means that as natural chemicals in your body act on the device (and alter the pH) then your medicine will be released.

HOW COOL IS THAT?

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It’s ice cold. Source: www.giphy.com

No word yet on how much medication a single device can hold – could be a week’s worth, maybe it’s a month… maybe it’s a year!

Once this bad boy gets approved, I’ll have to let you know if taking medicine less frequently improves or works against how well I remember to do things.


James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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