Updated: Feb 23
Medication management is challenging for most people. It involves understanding the following:
1 What is the name of the drug (s) you taking?
2. Why did your doctor order the medicine?
3. How is the medicine taken and stored?
4. What are the prescribed times your are to take the medication?
5. Is food required to take with the medication?
6. When should you refill?
7. What are common side effects, and what side effects should be reported to your doctor?
1. Always discuss your medications with your doctor, physician assistant or nurse.
2. Purchase a medication cassette or caddy preferably a seven-day week caddy.
3. Prefill your medication cadd for each week on Sunday. If family is available, allow them to assist you in the process. Sit in a well lighted area and at your table. The less distractions the better. It helps reduce medication errors.
4. Develop a medication list, this method may work better for you. 5. Refill medications one week before you are out of medicine. Remember the Pharmacist may have your refills on a timed cycle. Inquire about home deliver.
6. Take your medication or an updated list with you to the doctors visit.
7. When you see the doctor, be sure you have the pharmacy name and number with you. 8 Many cell phones have a health app. The apps are helpful with tracking your blood pressure, heart rate and weight. There are some medications that require monitoring of your blood pressure, heart rate and weight.
9. If you can not afford your medication, inform your doctor immediately. They may have resources that provide financial assistance.
10. Take you medication on time
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