As my readers will know, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia almost two years ago. Since then, I’ve been on amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant that’s prescribed to help with chronic pain and fatigue.
Amitriptyline is a tricky drug. It took me a while to get used it each time my doctor increased my dose, leaving me to deal with side effects like drowsiness and a dry mouth. It also matters what time you take this medication, and getting that right can take a while too.
Since I started taking amitriptyline, I’ve had a reminder on my phone each evening, telling me to take my medication. Fibromyalgia often comes with “fibro fog”, making it hard to remember things. Since taking my medication is important, I didn’t want to leave it to chance, so my calendar has been clogged up with a daily “take pill” reminder. Until I found out about Medsmart.
Medsmart is relatively new, so they’re still adding medications. My version of amitriptyline wasn’t on there when I first downloaded the app, but it is now. I scanned the barcode, then went through a few questions to ensure it was the right medication, and that I wasn’t allergic to anything in it. Then I could set up my reminder.
I take 50mg of amitriptyline every night, and I’ve recently been taking an extra 10mg later on to help with broken sleep. Sadly, the 10mg version isn’t available on Medsmart yet, but I hope it’s forthcoming. I set a reminder to take 50mg in the app for 18:30 every evening. Right on time, it popped up, then prompted me to go through the app to confirm I had taken the medication.
Overall, the app is smooth and easy to use. The interface is clear, the information obvious and easy to understand. You can also set reminders for someone else, so if you care for a friend or family member, you can use the app to remind you which medications they need to take, at what time(s). I think this is a nice touch.
My only grip is that the barcode scanner isn’t always clear the first time you try to use it; sometimes it was blurry, so I had to come out and try again. I’m also keen to see their library of medications expanded to include everything I take, but I understand that getting everything on their system is a huge task! I’ll definitely continue to use this app in the future.
The Medsmart app is free to download on Android and Apple. You can find out more on their website.