“Writing down and documenting your medication regimen can be helpful in both remembering and communicating with the doctor at each visit,” says Dr. Faber, “so bringing a list of your current prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as a list of questions can help clarify a complicated medication regimen.”
You use multiple pharmacies. Getting all of your prescriptions filled at just one pharmacy helps protect your health. Your medication records will be in a single place. This can help the pharmacist spot any possible dangerous interactions between your medications.
You overlook instructions. When a medicine isn’t taken exactly as directed, it may do more harm than good. Always read the information that comes with a medicine and follow your doctor’s or pharmacist’s advice for taking it.
If you have a hard time remembering when to take your medicine, keep a written or computerized schedule. You may want to link taking the medications with daily activities, such as eating a meal or going to bed.
You don’t stay the course. It’s important to stick with a medication unless your doctor tells you it’s OK to stop. Do not stop taking a drug just because:
• You feel better and think you do not need it anymore. Let your doctor make that decision.
• You are having bothersome side effects. Call your doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe a different drug with fewer side effects.
• You are struggling to pay for it. If you cannot afford a medication, ask your doctor about generic drugs or other lower-cost options.
Kettering Health Network is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system that improves quality of life through healthcare and education. The Network has eight hospitals: Grandview, Kettering, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Fort Hamilton, Kettering Behavioral Health and Soin.