With iOS 16, Apple launched a feature that’ll help you keep track of all your medications. The Health app’s Medications feature can remind you to take your medicine on time and see how your medications interact with other substances.
Here are some tips to make the most out of Medications on your iPhone.
1. Add Your Medication Manually
Medications is one of the best iOS and watchOS features that will improve your health. Of course, you first need to let your iPhone know what medications you use. Fortunately, adding your medications is as easy as following these steps:
And that’s it. It’s quite a lot of steps, but you want to be as thorough as possible when it comes to your medication. If you have more medications, just repeat the same steps to add all of them.
2. Log Your Medications
With Medications, you can easily keep track of the medicine you take and when you take it. But what’s the point if you don’t know how to log your medications manually? Fortunately, this is pretty easy, and all you need to do is follow these steps:
3. Set or Edit Your Schedules
If you didn’t create a schedule when you added your medication or just want to change it, you could do so directly from the Health app like this:
Add different times in case you need to take your medication more than once during the day or if you want to get more reminders.
4. Delete the Medications You No Longer Need
Getting rid of any medication you no longer need is really easy. Just do the following:
And that’s it. Remember that you can’t undo this action, so you must be completely sure you want to delete your medication before doing it.
If you don’t want to delete your medication, follow the steps above and select Archive Medication. This will keep your medicine available in the Health app, but it will remove it from your reminders and any Health sharing you set up.
5. Edit Your Medications
Whether you want to change the shape, color or add more details, you can edit your medications from the Health app by doing the following:
6. Export Your Current Medications as a PDF File
One of the best hidden iOS 16 features is how easy it is to share all your data with your health provider. If you want to share your current medications as a PDF file, follow these steps:
7. Enable or Disable Dose Reminders
The Health app will send reminders when it’s time to take your medications. However, if you want to control annoying notifications on your iPhone, Medications let you disable dose reminders like this:
If you feel like you need reminders, repeat the same steps and enable dose reminders again.
8. View Possible Side Effects
Medications will give you a list of possible side effects your medications may produce. It’ll also tell you the difference between the side effects you need to report and those that don’t require medical attention.
To view the side effects of your medication, you need to:
You’ll see a list of all the possible side effects. While the Medications feature shows which side effects require medical attention and which don’t, we recommend you always talk to your health provider whenever you feel it’s necessary.
9. Check Drug Interactions
Whether it’s alcohol, cannabis, or tobacco, you should know if your medication has critical interactions with anything else you consume. Medications will show you any interactions by doing the following:
You’ll see a list of the possible interactions and whether they are critical, serious, or moderate. Remember to take this into account before you consume anything.
Make the Most Out of Medications
Medications is one of the best features in the Health app, and it’ll help most of us in our daily lives. Remember that you can always edit your medication, set reminders, and even share your data with your health providers. Try this feature and see what works best for you.