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Control Your Medications: Do-It-Well Checklist 2021

Responsible Application & Implementation

Your responsibility lies within the borders of your healthcare providers’ recommendations. You should stick to the rules established by your physician and strictly follow the tips of the experienced pharmacists if you deal with a compound medication or a generic version of the brand medication.

Taking medications following the instruction leaflet is the least thing you can do to your health regardless of how expensive and effective the med is. No vaccine or pill will keep you safe from acute and chronic health conditions if you ignore the diet and lifestyle in general. The following changes should follow your medication therapy:

  • Reduced alcohol consumption;
  • Healthy eating and calorie count;
  • Quitting smoking;
  • Regular physical activity;
  • Creating a stable emotional and psychological atmosphere;
  • Healthy family relationships;
  • Regular and satisfying sex life.

All points listed above are crucial because they affect the way the body reacts to the specific medications. You should strictly follow the listed instructions. If you don’t follow the intake rules and conditions established by the pharma manufacturer, you have great chances of getting a zero result.

Besides, remember the potential interactions. Some meds cancel the effectiveness of the other meds. Find more about it from your medical practitioner or a pharma laboratory specialist. Improperly taken medications can result in:

  • Dizziness;
  • Weakness in the muscles and joints;
  • Increased temperature;
  • Changes in blood pressure;
  • Pains in different parts of the body;
  • Problems with breathing, hearing, and vision;
  • Nausea;
  • Heart attacks and strokes.

The severity of the symptoms depends on the health indicators of a patient. Learn to ask questions and behave in compliance with the instructions of the medical personnel. You should not merely follow the instructions but become a part of the treatment plan, consisting of numerous components. A doctor, a patient, and a treatment make up a team of associates.

Get to Know Them

Understanding the medications is the first crucial step towards flawless health. If you want to find out whether your prescription or non-prescription med is safe for you, the following list of questions might come in handy for a consultation with a pharmacist or a medical practitioner. The answers to most of those questions can be conveniently found at My Canadian Pharmacy, a website with compound descriptions that review medications from different perspectives. Scan the list of the questions below to come fully prepared for the initial consultation:

  • What is the full name of the med, and what is the active component?
  • Is it a brand name or a generic one?
  • How does the medicine work?
  • What is the length of the treatment course?
  • How should I take the med?
  • What is the right dosage for my weight?
  • Can I take the med with food or without it?
  • Are there any foods and substances I should avoid while being on a medication course?
  • Where can I get the written information about the qualities and intake rules?
  • Is missing a dose dangerous?
  • Will I have to refill often?
  • What are the first signs of the med’s effectivity?
  • What are the chief risks I’ll have to face while taking the med?
  • What are the contraindications?
  • Are the any cheaper replacements for this med?
  • Is this medication available online and from the over-the-border pharmacies?

Remember Them

As soon as you have your pills, mixtures, and injections prescribed, memorize your treatment plan and never violate it until your body has enough strength to withstand and overcome the disease.

  • Follow the schedule and take your pills at the same time daily (order a pill organizer for convenience).
  • Turn the intake of medications into a routine, like taking a shower or brushing your teeth.
  • Ask your nearest and dearest to remind you about your treatment plan if you are forgetful.
  • Use colors to label the bottles and boxes with the meds. Use green for the morning, orange for the afternoon, and blue for the bedtime.
  • Ask your pharmacist to prepare the personalized blister packs for the meds you have to take regularly.
  • Print several instruction sheets with the medicine intake schedule and place these instructions in the most frequently visited places of your apartment.
  • A “medicine calendar” will be useful for a forgetful patient. Print it and place it close to the medical locker so that you could leave notes and marks in it after every intake of the pills.
  • Buy a whiteboard with colorful markers and hang it in the kitchen so that you should make notes on your treatment plan. You can also use the whiteboard to fix the recommendations of your doctor or pharmacist while talking to them on the phone.
  • If you have to spend much time out of your living space, make sure your medication supply is sufficient in case if you can’t purchase the meds instantly. Online pharmacies offer bulk offers and reduced prices on maintenance and after-surgery medications for patients having to deal with long-term recovery.

Follow the Safety Rules

  • Make sure your meds are away from direct sunlight, heat, and excessive moisture;
  • If you feel like your medication does not show any effect or makes you experience unwanted reactions, tell your doctor about it at once to avoid emergency cases;
  • If you’re planning to split the pill to reduce the dosage, ask your pharmacist about it — some tablets should be consumed whole;
  • Never let anyone take your prescribed tablets – you never know how your prescription affect the other people;
  • Consult your physician about the compatibility of over-the-border meds with the drugs you already take regularly;
  • Don’t hesitate to ask your physician or the pharmacist for a little help and a bit of advice if you feel like you can’t handle your everyday treatment routine.

Check the Meds

Incorrect intake of the medications is dangerous. Besides, the more meds you have to take, the greater the potential risks you get. Combinations of pills can turn out to be more harmful than specific powerful medications.

Protect yourself and follow these steps to live a healthy and full-fledged life:

  • Have an appointment with the medical practitioner and a pharmacist first;
  • Keep the original containers from the meds until you understand they are effective;
  • Keep the meds in their original containers if it’s possible;
  • Keep empty containers and bottles left from the meds in a bag to show them to your doctor or pharmacist in case of emergency;
  • ALWAYS ask ANY questions if you don’t understand something.

If you take a lot of meds, only your pharmacist and a doctor can help you arrange the treatment routine right. You should also remember the monthly medication checkup to reduce, remove, or increase the intake of certain drugs.