Winner of the “Device that Grandma needs most but could never figure out how to use properly” award, the Rx Master from Excalibur Electronics is designed to keep track of all your prescription meds…
The more pills you take, the more you need to know about them when you’re gadding about. Is it time to take this pill now? Will the dish I’m about to eat cause a bad interaction? If I’ve missed a pill, should I take one now, double up next time or simply skip it?
The Rx Master from Excalibur Electronics will tell you all that and more. The pocket-size device ($30 at excaliburelectronics.com and other online stores) can remind you when doses are due, keep track of what you’ve taken and even carry your pills in a four-compartment drawer.
For other information, you can consult its database of drug interactions and side effects. Enter a drug name and the device will tell you the generic name, how it’s used, what to do if you miss a dose or accidentally take two, what foods and other drugs it interacts with and whether the drug could be addictive.
We’ve always been a little suspicious of $30 consumer electronics equiped with a cheap 4 line LCD display, a user’s manual printed on the underside of the batter cover, and a speaker which looks like it only makes one really annoying beep noise. On the other hand, for $30, you could give Grandma something she’ll love until she tries to program it. You’ll probably still get grandkid points even if she doesn’t use it.
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