Make Your Medication Work For YouTuesday, April 10, 2012 - 09:52
Here's how to get the most out of your medication:
- Medications for heart failure need to be taken every day, as prescribed by your doctor.
- Remember to take all doses, even if you feel better. Don't be tempted to skip doses even if you feel "cured." If you stop taking your medications, the symptoms probably will return.
- Contact your doctor if you are uncertain what to do when you miss a dose or take the wrong amount.
- Keep a list of your daily medications with you in case of emergency.
Each time the doctor prescribes a new medication, make sure that you understand what it is for, and how to take it. You should know:
- What each medicine does.
- What time of day you should take it.
- Whether you should take it before or after food.
- If you miss a dose, is it okay to take it later in the day? How much later?
- What side effects should you expect? Which side effects are serious, and which are not?
- If you have a side effect, how soon should you tell the doctor? Should you stop taking the medication? If you can't reach your doctor, what should you do?
Remembering to Take Your Medication
It is important to remember to take all of your medications, which may be difficult if you are taking several prescriptions. Try the following:
Nice To Know:
If you are going to be traveling: