Health and Fitness have always been a region of focus for Apple and with iOS 16, the company offers better ways to understand and manage different aspects of your health, all from your iPhone. In addition to letting you track your fitness activities without an Apple Watch, your iPhone can now also create a list of medications you take, log when consuming them, and get regain reminders to take them on time.
In this post, we’ll explain how to add medications to the Health and track them on iOS 16.
- Required: iOS 16 update
How to add a medication to Health app on iOS 16
With iOS 16, you can add all your medications in one place to track them later and get dosage reminders for each of them. To add a medication to your iPhone, open the Health app on iOS 16.
When the app opens, tap on the Browse tab at the bottom and select Medications.
Inside Medications, tap on Add a Medication.
In the screen that opens, type the name of the medicine that you want to add and tap on Next.
On the next screen, select the type of this medication from the list of options under “Common Forms” or “More Forms” and tap on Next.
Now, enter the strength value of the selected medication as mentioned in the medicine’s packaging. First, start by choosing the unit of strength by tapping on Choose Unit.
On the next screen, select the unit as written on the medicine’s packaging. Capsules and tablets usually come in “mg” while syrups are prescribed in “mL” form. Choose the unit as mentioned in the packaging and tap on Done.
Now, enter the value of the strength for the selected medicine and then tap on Next. If you cannot decipher the strength of the medication, select No Strength Information instead.
In the next step, you’ll have to add the frequency at which you’ve been prescribed to intake this medicine. Tap on Frequency to configure it.
Now, select how often you’re needed to take the medication from these three options – At Regular Intervals, On Specific Days of the Week, and As Needed.
If you select At Regular Intervals, you will need to choose an interval at which you’ve been prescribed to take the medication. You can configure it for every day or any day between 1 and 99. You will also have to add a Start Date to know when you have to start taking this medication.
If you select On Specific Days of the Week, you will need to select the days of the week that you’ve been prescribed to take the medicine under “Choose Days”. You will also have to add a Start Date to mark when you have to start taking this medication.
Selecting As Needed will add the medication to the Health app but you won’t get any reminders for it since you’ve only been prescribed to take it when you need the medication. After selecting and configuring the frequency, tap on Done at the top right corner.
Once you’ve set your medication frequency, tap on Add a time to set a time you want to be reminded to take the meds.
Now, select the time you want to schedule for the dosage.
You can add multiple times under this section if you’ve been prescribed multiple dosages by repeating this step. Once done, tap on Next at the bottom.
On the next screen, select the shape of the capsule or tablet to make it recognizable inside Health. Once selected, tap on Next, or else, tap on Skip to ignore adding an icon for this medication.
If you selected an icon previously, you will have to select a color for it and a suitable background on the next screen. When done, tap on Next.
Next, add a nickname for the medication and additional info inside “Notes”.
After entering the relevant details, tap on Done to add the medication to the Health app.
The medication will be saved inside Health for later viewing and tracking.
How to view all your medications inside Health
If you’ve added medications to the Health app, you can view and edit them at any time. For this, open the Health app on iOS 16.
When the app opens, tap on the Browse tab at the bottom and select Medications.
You’ll now see the Medications screen showing you today’s logs at the top.
Scrolling down, you’ll see a list of all the medicines you’ve added to the Health app under “Your Medications”. You can tap on any of these medications to get more details and edit the medication.
On the next screen, you’ll see the selected medicine’s history including the number of doses taken in the last week, month, or year and the average number of times you’ve taken or skipped them since the start of the dosage.
You will see additional details inside the “Details” and “About” sections. To edit the medication or its dosage, tap on Edit under “Schedule”.
How to mark your medications as “Taken” or “Skipped”
Once you add medications inside the Health app, you can mark them as “Taken” every time you consume them or as “Skipped” for when you have ignored them. To mark your doses, open the Health app on your iPhone and go to Browse > Medications.
Inside the Medications screen, you can either select the medication you’ve scheduled for specific days or intervals or choose from ones you’ve labeled with “As Needed”. The former set of medications will appear inside a time you set for them while the latter will be listed inside “As-Needed Medications”. Select the medication whose dosage you want to mark.
On the next screen, select either Taken or Skipped based on whether you’ve consumed the medicine or ignored it for the day.
If you had opened the “As-Needed Medications” section, you’ll see all your medications, not just the ones you’ve labeled “as needed”. So, here you can mark other medications as “Taken” or “Skipped”. Once done, tap on Done at the bottom to confirm and go back to the Medications screen.
If you’ve consumed your scheduled dosages for the day, you will see the “All Scheduled Medications Logged Today” banner inside the “Log” section. You will also see the lists of meds you’ve taken listed with the exact time inside the “Logged” section.
How to enable dosage reminders for your medications
By default, when you add scheduled medications to the Health app, iOS will remind you when you take them during the day. If these reminders have somehow been disabled, you can easily turn them back on from the Medications screen. For this, open the Health app on iOS 16 and go to Browse > Medications.
Inside Medications, tap on Options on the right-hand side of the Log section.
On the next screen, turn on the Dose Reminders toggle at the top to enable your iPhone to remind you when to intake your medications as per your schedule.
How to delete or archive medications on Health
You can remove the medications you have added to the Health app at any time, either to stop registering them or delete them from your medications history once and for all. To do that, open the Health app on iOS 16 and go to Browse > Medications.
Inside Medications, select the medication you want to archive or delete from under “Your Medications”.
When the selected medication opens up, scroll down to the bottom of the screen. If you wish to remove a medication from your ongoing medications, you can move it to the archive by tapping on Archive Medication.
Archived medications can be retrieved and moved back to your current medications by tapping on Unarchive Medication.
You can also remove a medication permanently from the Health app to delete its schedule and history forever. To do that, tap on Delete Medication.
In the prompt that appears, select Delete Medication to confirm.
The selected medicine will be removed from your Medications list inside the Health app.
If you wish to share the complete list of medications you’ve been prescribed with your loved ones, then the Health app makes it convenient to do so. For this open the Health app on iOS 16 and go to Browse > Medications.
Inside Medications, scroll down and tap on Export Medications List PDF.
The Health app will now generate a list of your active medications in PDF format along with your name and DOB. To share this list, tap on the Share icon at the top right corner.
Now, choose an app where you wish to share it from the available options or select Save to Files if you want to store this list on your iPhone locally.
That’s all you need to know about setting up and tracking your medications on the Health app on iOS 16.