Taking your medicine as prescribed is important for controlling chronic conditions, treating acute conditions, and managing long-term health and well-being.
Sticking to your medication routine means taking your medications as prescribed – the right dose, at the right time, in the right way and frequency.
Important Tips for Helping You Take Your Medications Safely and Effectively:
- Set a medication schedule daily, weekly, and monthly for taking, filling, and renewing prescriptions.
- Link taking your medication with daily habits like brushing your teeth to make adherence part of your routine.
- Use a pill container and refill it at the same time weekly.
- Practice safe storage – medications accessible to children or pets can have devastating effects.
- Ensure proper storage temperatures.
- Do not mix medications or consume alcohol while on medication.
- Call your pharmacist or doctor with any questions.
Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Professional and/or Pharmacist
- What is the medicine’s name, what is it for, and what does it look like?
- When and how do I take this medicine?
- What are the possible side effects?
- When should I expect the medicine to start working?
- What do I do if I forget my dose?
- What can happen if I stop taking this medicine altogether?
- Besides time of day, is there anything else I should know about taking my meds (e.g., taking with food, drug interactions, etc.)?