Taking your medicines as they are directed by your prescriber (and not how you feel like taking them) is very important...to the tune that it could prevent 1/3 of hospital admissions. Taking meds the correct way can improve symptoms, slow disease progression, guard against future problems, and LOWER your medical costs.
Pay special attention to how you should take your medications. Are you supposed to do it just once each day or are you supposed to take multiple doses per day? Should you take it with food? Consistency is the key here. For example, missing one dose of your blood pressure medicine each week can increase your risk of a cardiovascular event by as much as 33%! Is saving one tablet each week worth the risk of a heart attack or stroke? Definitely not!
You should not take your medicines because you "feel" like you don't need it that day. Blood pressure and diabetes medicines are commonly skipped for this reason. First of all, most people (I would argue almost all people) cannot feel their blood pressure changes. And diabetic patients should only make medication changes if they have discussed missing doses with their prescriber. Even one excessive blood sugar spike each week will have profoundly negative effects on the kidneys over time. You should trust your physician and take the medicine as he or she has directed! If side effects are the reason for missing doses, you should definitely call your doctor and discuss your options.
A Solution to Consider
To help you remember to take your meds, you should set up a routine. Take your meds at the same time each day in the same location if possible. Also, you should organize your medicines in a pill planner or have our pharmacy package your meds in Dispill blisters. This helps you avoid missing medications on accident.
Our disposable multi dose packaging is a great solution for the forgetful patient. It
is also awesome for those people who set up meds for a family member in pill boxes. Our disposable packaging is packaged by the pharmacist so there is a way smaller chance of an error occurring. And the best thing about it is that the packaging is completely FREE! It may be a little more work for me, the pharmacist, but in the end it helps my patients take their medicines correctly.
In the end, you should be an active partner in your healthcare. Standing on the sidelines and making decisions about your medical treatments on your own is just asking for the worst to happen. Ask questions of your doctor and pharmacist when you pick up your medications. If something doesn't feel right, ask a member of your healthcare team about it. No matter how good your doctors, pharmacists, and nurses are, they cannot read minds. You must give honest feedback so your therapy can be adjusted as necessary.
If you ever have a medication related question, feel free to call me at 785-614-3492. Or you can text me any questions to 785-414-9777. We are here to help!