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COPD apps. UPDATED 11/24/14

APPS... Whether you love them or hate them, they are here too stay. 

I have found them to be a great way to help manage my COPD, and give me something to do when I am feeling too down to do much of anything. Sure there are games, you can even read books, watch videos. But, I am talking about the apps that are going to help you live better. 

The apps I have inserted links for, are all for Android, because that is what I am currently using. There is a good chance they are in the iTunes App store as well. And, all are for America. But of course, there are many great apps for other countries. Check them out!

There are apps to help you manage and take your medications on time, remind you to refill them, and keep a log of all of this to take to the Dr. office. The most comprehensive app I have found for this is the MediSafe Meds and Pill Reminder. I love it!

The apps listed here are not COPD specific. They can be used for many different illnesses. Most are free, but a few come with a price point under $5.00. 

MediSafe Meds & Pill Reminder


I LOVE this app! This is what I use to remind me to take my medications on time every day. It has many features that make it one of the best apps I have tried for this purpose. It will even remind you of refills, and remind your health partner to remind you to take your meds! You can use it for multiple people, and it has a great notification sound of shaking a pill bottle!

MediSafe is a beautiful, visual and easy-to-use pill reminder and medication management app. It will help you take your medicine on time and safely. It also allows you to help your family members with their pills.

---> Download MediSafe, and start managing your medication right now!
Whether you are taking one medicine or more, you know how difficult it is remembering to take each one at the right time. If you are a caretaker for a parent, child, or patient, you know how stressful it is not knowing for sure if your loved one took their pills on time.
MediSafe has the solution. It's free and simple!
MediSafe will remind you when to take your medication. You can also update your app manually. Your Med-Friend (family member or caretaker) is notified if you don’t check in, so they can remind you only if needed.
---> Download MediSafe, never forget a medicine dose again!
Free features:
• Visual and super easy to handle Medication Reminder.
• Synchronizes the family medicine pillboxes to one place.
• Reminds you to take your medication on time, even if your device is asleep.
• Choose your meds reminder sound to make MediSafe a comfortable addition to your day.
• High end graphics that look great on HD Displays.
• See a list of what medication are "due today" and check them off as you go.
• Rx refill reminds you when you need to restock on medicine.
• List PRN (on demand) medication.
• See your progress report and send it to the doctor as an Excel file.
• Sync reminders with your Android Wear smartwatch. Shake your wrist to mark that you took the medication.
Free extra features, after registration:
• Syncing family members' devices and medication in real time.
• Automatic secured backup and restore on the Medisafe cloud server (HIPAA compliant servers).
---> Download MediSafe, never worry about family meds doses anymore!
Medi Safe is well adjusted for managing medications for many complex health conditions such as Diabetes, heart conditions and cancer treatments, but also as a convenient reminder for taking birth control lady pills, contraceptives and vitamins.
Reduce your stress and improve health with Medi-Safe - the best medication reminder ! 



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This elegant app can help you track your symptoms.

WebMD - Android
• WebMD Symptom Checker – Select the part of the body that is troubling you, choose your symptoms, & learn about potential conditions or issues.
• Conditions – Find medically reviewed information about Conditions relevant to you & learn more about causes, treatments, & related symptoms.
• Drugs & Treatments – Search our extensive database for information on Drugs, Supplements, & Vitamins. Access content such as Uses, Side Effects, Warnings, and more.
• Pill Identification Tool – Identify your prescription drugs and over the counter medicines by pill shape, color, & imprint.
• First Aid Essentials – Your handy guide for medical emergencies. From insect stings to broken bones, helpful treatment tips are always available, even without an Internet connection.
• Local Health Listings – Find the closest physician, hospital, & pharmacy based on your current location or search by city, state or zip.
• Create custom lists of Drugs, Conditions, and Articles
• Save custom lists securely
• Review your saved information anytime and anywhere

WebMD Allergy - Android
WebMD Allergy is organized into 4 easy-to-use sections:
♦ Allergy Forecast
WebMD Allergy delivers up-to-date allergen levels based on your location. If you’re traveling, you can look up the allergy forecast for your destination and save locations that you frequently visit. Have kids with allergies? You can manage each family member’s allergies using individual profiles, too. You can now get proactive with managing your entire family’s allergies from one place, anytime, anywhere!
♦ Allergies 101
Browse through WebMD Allergy’s rich library of allergy articles, slideshows and videos in 7 categories: Outdoor, Indoor, Skin, Drug, Food, Insect Bites and Stings, and Latex. Or you can search to quickly find exactly what you’re looking for.
♦ Weather Forecast
Get the 3-day weather forecast for your area or another saved location.
♦ Allergy Tracker
Track how you feel, your RECORD symptoms and treatments, and add notes daily. Generate a report you can share with your doctor.

COPD Diary Card

There are apps to remind you to take a break or meditate. I find these useful reminders are a great way to take time to exercise my lungs with an exercising devise like Accapella, POWERbreathe Plus, or whatever your Dr. has recommended...

Universal Breathing: Pranayama
 Personalize your breathing exercises with this beautiful app. 

Peaceful Breathing
Very simple interface, helps you focus on breathing properly.

Breathe Well 
This one clearly shows what we need to do, breath in for a few seconds, and hold. Then exhale for twice as long to get rid of the build up. 

There are also apps to help you keep tabs on environmental triggers: 

State of the Air

Check the air quality before you leave the house! In the red? Reschedule your appointments, or ask someone else to help you with a trip to the store. 

There are apps for services you may need. Like, pizza delivery and other types of food of course! Grocery delivery, and other services, depending on the area you live. Just look up your favorites and install them! You may find something that could really help you live better. 
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