Ways to Manage Medication

How to Manage Medication

Having a tough time taking your meds? We have ways to help you manage your medication so you can stay on top of your health.

December 07, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

If you have a chronic disease, medication can protect your health and even prevent some conditions which, without them, might have been part of your future.

That’s why it’s important to develop a plan to manage your medication. Whether your medicine is prescription or over-the-counter, only if taken as prescribed will it help you feel better and get well soon.

To get the most from your medicine, check out these ways to use it safely and efficiently.

Understand Your Medicine

When taking any medication, you should know what it does and how it will help you. Ask your doctor to explain how it works and how you should take it. Check out these top questions to ask your pharmacist, or ask your doctor so you can follow the instructions without hesitation.

Stay Organized

Whether you’re taking one medication or juggling a few, it can be hard to add another to your routine without a little help. Start a medicine record to keep a list of what you’re taking and how it makes you feel. You can also use a medicine box or set reminders so you remember to take your medicine safely and on time.

Inform Your Doctor

You should always tell your doctor about your medication, including other prescriptions, over-the-counter products, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Mixing medications may result in harmful drug interactions. Talk to your doctor to make sure your medicine is safe to take together.

Find the Best Value

Medications can be expensive, but there are options that won’t hurt your wallet. Let your doctor know if you’re having trouble affording your medicine. He or she can help point you in the right direction. Alternatives like mail-order prescriptions, generic versions, or discount programs will help you save money on your treatment too.

 

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“Why You Need to Take Your Medications as Prescribed or Instructed,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration. February 16, 2016.
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“Use Medicines Safely,” Healthfinder. November 7, 2017.
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“Medication Safety Program,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. June 19, 2017.
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