Types of pill dispensers

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Types of pill dispensers
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A pill dispenser is an invaluable tool to anyone who takes medication. Whether you take vitamins and prescription pills every day or just need to keep up with a few pills to take as needed, there is a pill dispenser available to fit your needs. When looking for a pill dispenser, you need to consider many things, including size, the frequency that you need to take your pills, if you need an alarm to remind you to take your pills and if you will need a lock on your dispenser. The following guide will explain the available options for you. They range in price from just 60p for a one-dose, weekly dispenser to £45 for a monthly dispenser with a lock and alarm.

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Pill Boxes and Mini Pill Holders

Pill boxes or mini pill holders are usually tiny boxes that you can throw in your purse, stick in your pocket or attach to a key chain. They are available in different shapes with one to three tiny compartments. These dispensers hold a few pills and are best for people who only have a few pills to take as needed or who need to remember to take a pill when they are going to be away from home. Pill boxes and keychains vary in price greatly because they are available in many different styles and personilizable options. You can find a basic, plastic option starting around £1.30.

Types of pill dispensers
Mini keychain pill holders

Seven Day Organizers

Seven-day pill organisers are divided into seven compartments. These dispensers are made for people taking vitamins or prescription pills every day. Many options are available for these weekly organisers, including one, two, three or four different sections for each day, depending on how frequently you need to take your medication. You can purchase the dispensers in a number of different shapes, sizes and styles. You can also purchase these kinds of pill dispensers with childproof locks for around £7. Without a childproof lock, these dispensers start around £1.30.

Types of pill dispensers
Seven day organiser with seperate sections for different times of the day

Organiser with Removable Trays

If you have multiple pills to take when you are not at home, you can purchase a pill dispenser with removable trays. These are convenient if you are going to be away from home, but a pill box is not big enough. This type of dispenser is divided into seven sections and each individual day has a removable pill tray that fits into a larger organiser. This type of organiser does not come with a childproof lock option and starts around £4.

Types of pill dispensers
Weekly organisers with these removable trays do not have childproof locks

Medication Dispenser with Alarm

You can purchase pill dispensers with alarms in all sizes. These are perfect if you are forgetful or if it is important that you take a medication at a certain time each day. There are pocket-sized pill boxes with alarms that vibrate or beep, if you need to take your pills at work or when you are away from home, and also alarm clocks that contain a pill box, so you take your medication when you wake up. If you are taking multiple pills throughout the day, there are multi-compartment pill dispensers with up to four separate alarm settings for each day available. These dispensers have different alarm settings from low to high to ensure that you can hear the alarm. These kinds of dispensers are also available with a childproof lock option and range in price from £13 to £45.

Types of pill dispensers
Most alarms have four different available settings for each day.

Monthly Pill Dispenser

The largest option available is the monthly dispenser. These dispensers feature a large tray with a large removable pill box for each day of the month. You can get these with one to four separate sections available for each day. These dispensers can also be purchased with an alarm with up to four separate alarm settings for each day and also with a childproof lock. Some of the available monthly pill organisers are also available equipped with a combination lock. These types of dispensers range in price from £22 to £45.

Types of pill dispensers
Monthly dispensers are the largest available.

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