Making Your Medications Easier to Manage
It’s important to know what to take, when to take it, and how to take it correctly
As our health needs change during life, it’s not uncommon to take many kinds of medications. This is especially true for individuals with diabetes. People living with diabetes may take insulin injections, medications that enable the body to use its own natural insulin more easily or a combination of both. They come in many forms and are taken in a variety of ways and at specific times
Straight talk about managing medications. The right dose at the right time.
What is a medication profile? Why should I have one?
A medication profile is a list of every medication you currently take. It should contain:
- Name of prescription medication, strength (as in milligrams), dosage form (pill or liquid), directions for use (number of times per day; if you take it with or before a meal, etc.), reason why you take the medication, when you started taking it, name of the doctor who prescribed it, and any over-the-counter pills and supplements you take.
How should I use my medication profile?
- Show the list every time you visit your doctor or healthcare team. Keep it up-to-date so
that they have the most current information about your health.
What should I know when I receive a new prescription?
Before you leave your doctors office, ask enough questions to make sure you understand your new medication. If you are confused about something, ask for it to be explained in simpler terms. You should know:
- Name of the medication and what it treats, when you should take it and what to do if you miss a dose, what foods or beverages you should avoid while taking this medication, what the possible side effects are, and what to do if they occur.
- Is this medication to be taken in addition to or instead of another medication.
|Top 10 medications Dos and DON’Ts|
Do…Take medications exactly as prescribed and read all cautions
Do…Keep a current list of prescribed and over-the-counter medications, doses, and reasons for taking
Do…Use a weekly or daily pill organizer to ensure you take the right dose at the right time
Do…Keep medications in their original containers except for those you put in an organizer. The labels contain important information such as the dosage, expiration date, storage recommendations, and doctor’s name
Do…Dispose of medications that your doctor has told you to discontinue or that have expired
Don’t…Be afraid to tell your doctor if you have trouble taking medications as prescribed
Don’t…Take medications prescribed for someone else
Don’t…Stop a prescribed medication without checking with your doctor
Don’t…Be afraid to ask for easy-open tops
Don’t…Forget to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your food and drug allergies
Adapted from: Making Your Medications Easier to Manage-Prescription Solutions, A United Health Group Company