Tracking Medications in eMoods
Tracking Medications in eMoods
Medications, supplements, and even caffeine or sugar can have a notable impact on mood and behavior. Correlating these changes need precise tracking, but not all medications are taken daily or in consistent dosages.
Medications can be added, edited, or deleted from the "Settings" screen, under the header "Log Moods", and clicking "Edit Medications".
We provide a number of common medications by default, but you can manually enter anything you"d like, such as "coffee" or 'kitten therapy'.
Users can "hide" a medication from appearing as an option on their daily logging routine by toggling the visibility on from the "Edit Medications" screen. This medication will only appear in reported when it has been taken.
Most users utilize the "hiding" feature-- it's a great choice for tracking intermittent, seasonal or past therapies.
This option will completely wipe all trace of that medication from your eMoods logging, including past usage. We do not recommend this! In most cases, we recommend hiding the medication instead, so that you maintain historical data.
Changing a Medication Dose
Changing the dose of a pre-existing medication will alter the dosage of all previous entries. We recommend creating a new medication with the new dose.
You can change the dose of a medication in two places:
- From the "Log Moods" tab. Scroll down to the "Medications" section and tap "change" by a medication.
- From the "Settings" screen, under the header "Log Moods", click the "Edit Medications" tag and select the edit button by a medication.
Not all medications are single dose or required daily; if needed, refer to the following methods of tracking for more precise situations.
Tracking Multi-dose "As Needed" Medications with Custom Tracking Points
For those cases where dosage isn"t being tracked but instead the number of times something is taken over a day, you can use the custom tracking points to track how many doses you've taken.
For example, one can track a point labelled 'cups of coffee' in a day as a numerical tracking point and increment for each cup imbibed.
Tracking Multi-dose "As Needed" with Yes/No Tracking Points
As an alternative to a numerical tracking point, you can create a number of medication entries up to the prescribed maximum daily amount. For example, if a medication if prescribed up to 3 times a day, you can create three yes/no tracking points like so:
- Caffeine Booster 1
- Caffeine Booster 2
- Caffeine Booster 3
Then, each time you take the medication, you can check "yes" to have it track as taken or "no" if you decided not to take it.
Entries that are not explicitly marked yes or no show up in your Monthly Report as a blank; many use a blank entry to imply "not taken".
Tracking Differing/Split Doses with Custom Tracking Points
In cases where the dosages of a medication differ (i.e. an as-needed basis where one might take half a pill instead of a full), you can utilize the medication menu again with duplicate entries. For example:
- 100mg of Caffeine (dose listed at 80mg, am)
- 30mg of Caffeine (dose listed at 30mg, pm)
- 50mg of Caffeine (dose listed at 50mg, as needed)
If you're expecting to take multiple as-needed booster doses- i.e.four 30mg doses of caffeine over the day, you may want to use the custom tracking point and have the name be '# of Times Took 30mg Caffeine' and add 1 every time you take it.
Auto-logging Daily Medications
You can toggle this option from the Settings Screen under the header "Log Moods"-- before you navigate into "Edit Medications".
If enabled, "everyday" non-hidden medications will automatically be marked as taken. This does not affect "As Needed" medications.
eMoods has an in-app Reminders feature to prompt daily on medications, entry of notes, and more.