Things to Know About Your Medicine
July 14, 2021
Some things to know about your medicine:
- What medications are you taking? Knowing this could save your life in an emergency. If you can’t remember the name of the medication, have it written down on a medication log that you carry with you. If a health care provider asks, it will be available.
- Why do you take those medications? You take each medication for a reason. Knowing the benefits and side effects of your medication is important.
- How do you take your medication? Do you take it according to your provider’s instructions? Please be honest with this. For example, if you don’t like a side effect of the medication and that is causing you to not take it regularly, in many cases, the prescriber can change it to something else. Communication is key!
- What health goals are your medications helping you reach? For example, if you are a diabetic, how has your fasting blood sugar and A1C improved since you started that diabetic medication? You are in control of your health. Paying attention to these details will help to reach your individual health goals.
Something else to keep in mind when thinking about medication:
Never take someone else’s medication. Each person needs an individualized plan. If you’re curious as to whether a medication that someone else takes would work for you, ask your provider.