How to Set Up Medication Tracking Reminders in iOS 17

How to set up medication tracking reminders in iOS 17 © © Clubic

Add follow-up reminders to the Health app

Have you ever forgotten to take a medication or no longer know if you already have it? If you have to take it regularly, having a solution that reminds you of it can ease your mental load. No need to look for a third-party application, the Health application on your iPhone is there for that!

Drug treatment can take various forms: tablets, gels, injections, etc. Since iOS 16, monitoring your treatments is possible from the Health application with a classic notification to remind you to take it. These are Dose Reminders. With iOS 17, you have the option to activate Follow-up Reminders, to receive a new notification 30 minutes after the scheduled intake time, and Critical Alerts to receive the notification, regardless of concentration mode or volume of your iPhone.

We’ll explain how to set up Dose Reminders, Follow-up Reminders and Critical Alerts from iOS 17 on your iPhone so you don’t forget your treatments again.

Set up reminders to make taking medication easier with iOS 17

1. Open the Health app

The first thing to do is to launch the “Health” application on your iPhone.

The Health app

The Health app

If you no longer know where it is stored, do not hesitate to use Search.

2. Access Treatments

If “Treatments” is not in your favorites, it will not appear in the “Summary”.

Go to the “Browse” menu, at the bottom right of the screen.

Menu "Browse"  in the Health app

“Browse” menu in the Health app

Scroll down and tap “Treatments”.

Treatments in the Health app

Treatments in the Health app

3. Go to Options

Scroll down to the bottom of the treatments page and select “Options”.

Treatment options

Treatment options

4. Enable Dose Reminders

Enable “Dose Reminders” to get a simple notification at the scheduled dose time and unlock more reminder options.

Enable Dose Reminders to unlock Reminders to track your medications

Enable Dose Reminders to unlock Reminders to track your medications

This setting applies to all your treatments that must be taken regularly.

5. Enable Follow-up Reminders

After enabling “Dose Reminders”, a new option appears: “Monitoring Reminders”.

Activate “Follow-up reminders” to receive a new (and simple) notification 30 minutes later and unlock one last option.

Activate Follow-up Reminders to unlock critical alerts on your treatments

Activate Follow-up Reminders to unlock critical alerts on your treatments

This notification will not appear if you have recorded your treatment as taken.

6. Enable Critical Alerts

Now that Dose Reminders and Follow-up Reminders are enabled for all recurring treatments, one final option is available: Critical Alerts. The latter is adjusted separately for each treatment.

Tap “Critical Alerts”.

The "Critical Alerts"  in the Treatment options

“Critical Alerts” in the Treatment options

The list of your medications with a specific time is displayed.

By activating the switch on the treatments of your choice, you activate Critical Alerts for those only.

Activate critical alerts on the treatments of your choice

Activate critical alerts on the treatments of your choice

Confirm with “Allow” so that the Health app can send critical alerts.

Confirm activation of critical alerts

Confirm activation of critical alerts

The good news is that the Health app also came to iPad with iPadOS 17, with medication management. Your Health data can be synchronized between your iPhone and iPad using iCloud. However, Dose Reminders, Follow-up Reminders, and Alerts are device-specific settings.

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