If you need to take a lot of medications, these pill organizers can help keep you on schedule, and even do so with style!
Managing a complex medication schedule is no small task. Whether you’ve recently begun taking several prescriptions, or have been on the same routine for years, keeping track of your meds can be tricky – even more so if mobility issues make it difficult to open containers or read tiny writing. That’s why having an efficient pill organizer can be such a game-changer for people with disabilities and seniors. A good organizer keeps track of how much of certain medications you should take, when, and in what order — simplifying one area of your life immensely! To help get you started on finding a solution that works best for you, we’ve rounded up 32 fabulous pill organizers that provide reliable storage solutions while making it easy to find which pills are needed at any given moment.
How Pill Organizers Improve Medication Adherence
The idea that a pill organizer improves people’s ability to take their medication on time is common sense, and it’s backed by science. A 2016 research study found that people who use pill boxes have better medication adherence than those who do not. However, other studies have shown that medication compliance can decrease if the container is not physically accessible or well-suited for the person’s specific needs and challenges. That’s why it is so important to carefully consider all the different styles available. And if the first one you try isn’t quite right, don’t give up!
Senior and Disability-Friendly Pill Organizers
As a person with cerebral palsy, a disability that affects my hand dexterity, I find pill bottles extremely difficult to open. If you or your loved one has shaky hands, arthritis, or any other type of fine motor impairment, these pill organizers will make taking medications easier. I’ve also included some containers that are accessible for blind and visually impaired people.
Easy-to-Open Pill Organizer
I own an Ezy-Dose medication organizer and love it. Instead of having to pry the little pill compartments open, you just press a button. They’re perfect for someone with limited hand use, and very affordable for folks on Social Security.
EZY DOSE Push Button (7-Day) Pill, Medicine, Vitamin Organizer | Weekly, 2 Times a Day, AM/PM | Large Compartments | Arthritis Friendly | Clear Lids
Ezy Dose Weekly (7-Day) Pill Organizer, Vitamin and Medicine Box, 2X-Large Push Button Compartments, 4 Times a Day, Clear Lids
Pill Organizer for People with Low Vision
This Ezy-Dose pill organizer has push buttons and high-contrast colors that make it easy to keep track of daytime and nighttime medications. It is a good choice for someone with low vision and/or memory loss.
EZY DOSE Push Button 7Day Pill Medicine Vitamin Organizer Box Weekly Am Pm and Lids, Black & White Am/Pm, 1 Count
Pill Organizer for Blind People with Braille and Reminder Alarm
This pill organizer has Braille indicating the days of the week and a reminder alarm. By the way, if you or a blind loved one would prefer a different medication storage container, you can make any of the options on this page accessible using a Braille label maker.
Smart Pill Organizers
It isn’t always easy to remember if you already took your pills for the day or how many doses are left in a package. For people with physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, or senior moments, these pill organizers have advanced features such as an app or programmable alarm to help you or your loved one remember to take medication on time.
Smart Pill Dispenser with App
I was surprised to find that there aren’t many app-connected pill dispensers available — but this popular, well-reviewed item will serve your needs well. It can hold up to 28 days worth of pills, or 14 for twice-daily dosing, and you can program the clock and alarm via the Bluetooth-connected app. You’ll receive a pop-up notification on your phone at the same time as an alarm sounds on the medication dispenser itself, making it nearly impossible to ignore or forget. If you are the caregiver for an elderly parent or relative, you can also put the app on your phone so you can check in with your loved one to make sure they took their meds.
Automatic Pill Dispenser Machine with Alarm, Electronic Timed Medication Dispenser for Elderly, 28 Day Bluetooth Smart Pill Organizer via Sounds Reminder, Light, App Alerts, Ideal Gift for Family
Pill Organizer with Alarm
If you don’t need an app, this medication dispenser works similarly to the one above.
Locking Pill Dispenser with Alarm and Cup
This pill dispenser is expensive, but it’s worth the price if your loved one needs its unique features. It’s designed primarily for seniors with Alzheimer’s and includes a tamper-resistant lock to prevent dementia patients from accessing the pill compartments. It even comes with a cup to catch the medications when the dispenser is tilted.
Pill Cap with Reminder Alarm
This pill cap can fit on some prescription bottles, or you can use it with the included bottle. The reminder alarm is built right into the cap! These medication reminder caps are popular, but might not be the best option if you or your loved one has difficulty opening bottles due to arthritis, Parkinson’s, or other disabilities.
Specialty Pill Organizers
If typical medication sorting boxes don’t fit your needs, you may find what you’re looking for in this section.
Pill Organizer with Extra-Large Compartments
If you’re like me and take lots of vitamins, supplements, and other large capsules, standard pill compartments may be too small. This XL pill organizer will actually hold all your medications so you don’t forget any of them.
Daviky Extra Large Pill Organizer 7 Day, Smart XL Pill Organizer 2 Times a Day, Weekly Pill Organizer Twice a Day, Pill Cases Organizers 7 Day AM PM, Large Pill Box Pill Holder
3 Times Per Day and 4 Times Per Day Pill Boxes
Most pill organizers are designed for people who take their tablets once or twice a day. If you need more frequent dosing, your options are more limited, but here are a few nice, low-cost containers to consider.
Weekly Pill Organizer,3-Times-A-Day 7 Day Pill Box Large Compartments Moisture-Proof Pill Case Medication Reminder Portable Travel Container for Vitamins Fish Oil Compartments Supplements
AUVON iMedassist Moisture-Proof Weekly Pill Organizer 4 Times a Day, Large 7 Day Pill Box Portable for Travel with Removable Individual Pill Containers to Hold Vitamins, Supplements and Medication
Stackable Daily Pill Organizer - (4 Times a Day) Weekly Medication Reminder - Premium Weekly AM/PM Pill Box with 7 Individual Stacking Cases, a Everyday Medicine Organizer for Vitamins
Unique and Artistic Pill Organizers
These pill containers are a little out of the ordinary… or should I say outside the box.
Hand-Decorated Pill Organizers
These charming upcycled medication containers will bring a smile to the face of a kid or adult who hates taking their pills!
Handmade Wooden Pill Organizers
Elevate your style and your health at the same time with this stunning handmade pill organizer. This model is set up for twice-daily dosing, but the company, Boisbois Pill Cases, also makes versions for once daily and three times daily dosing.
You may also love this gorgeous day and night laser-etched wood pill box and the many other options at Masterpiece Laser.
Travel Pill Organizers
When you’re traveling, you need a secure way to carry your pills that won’t take up too much space in your suitcase. But it’s also easier to forget your meds or accidentally take them twice when you’re distracted by a business meeting or bikini babes on the beach. These travel medication organizers are compact, yet still feature compartments for each day of the week.
28-Day Travel Pill Organizer
Traveling is extra tough when you need to take your tablets many times per day — but this surprisingly compact case can help keep you on track despite your hectic conference schedule.
Weekly Pill Organizer 4 Times a Day with a Business Stylish Bag, PULIV Portable Pill Box 7 Day with 28 Compartments for Men, Removable Pill Sorters to Store Vitamin, Medication, Fish Oil, Supplements
Travel Medication Container with Alarm
It’s rare to find a compact medication organizer that has a reminder alarm — but this one does, and it’s sleek-looking to match your professional luggage.
Pill Dispenser with Alarm, Daily Medicine Pill Organizer with up to 7 Alarms A Day,Smart Pill Box 6 Compartments, Pill Reminder for Elderly,White (White)
7-Day Travel Pill Case
These travel pill cases have dividers for a week’s worth of tablets so you can avoid missing doses and enjoy your vacation.
Funny Travel Pill Organizers
You’ll never forget your medications when traveling if you keep them in one of these memorably amusing pill organizers!
Pill Cases for Your Purse or Backpack
Pill organizers, pill cases… what’s the difference? For the purposes of our list, anyway, a pill organizer has at least 7 compartments divided by the days of the week. A pill case, on the other hand, may have a few compartments, but you’d generally put the same tablets together instead of separating them by day. Pill cases are better for PRN (as-needed) meds to treat pain, migraine, nausea, and other sudden or breakthrough symptoms while on the go. If you have any critical prescriptions for which a missed dose could be life-threatening, such as seizure medications, it’s a good idea to carry a few with you at all times in case a natural disaster or other emergency leaves you stranded away from home.
Multi-Compartment Pill Case
This is the pill case I keep in my backpack, and I have another on my desk. It holds a surprising number of tablets and is relatively easy to open. With this set of 4, you can gift a couple to loved ones or keep extra medications wherever you may need them.
4 Pack Pill Case Portable Small Weekly Travel Pill Organizer Portable Pocket Pill Box Dispenser for Purse Vitamin Fish Oil Compartments Container Medicine Box by M MUCHENGBAO
Funny Pill Cases
These hilarious compact pill cases make the reality of needing to keep medication on you at all times easier to swallow.
What are your favorite pill organizers?
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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Ability Toolbox. I received my BA in English from Stanford University and MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles, and have worked in entertainment and health media for over 20 years. I also blog about traveling with a disability. As a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy, I am deeply committed to amplifying the voices of the disability community through writing and advocacy.