Make the most of your medications
Sometimes, getting and staying healthy means taking medicine.
But that medicine may do more harm than good if you don’t take it just as your doctor orders.
Keep in mind a few basic rules that can help you get the most out of your medicine, says David Agosto, Nurse Practitioner at Mercy LIFE North Hancock Center.
“Don’t skip doses,” he says. “Don’t take more or less than what your doctor prescribes. And don’t stop taking the medicine without talking to your doctor first.”
That’s for starters. In addition, if it’s hard for you to take your medicine as needed, these tips may help:
Take your medicine at the same time each day. Make it part of your routine—for example, you can take meds when you brush your teeth in the morning or with breakfast every day.
Use a pill organizer to sort your medicines by day of the week or time of day to take them. Or use a pill chart or calendar to keep track each time you take a dose.
Ask your doctor what to do if you accidentally miss a dose.
Talk to your doctor if you are having trouble paying for your medications. There may be options to help