Take Control of Your Medications

On this page, you will find information and websites to help you to manage the medications you and your family take regularly.

There are PLENTY of excuses for not taking your medications, but none of them keep you healthy. Click on your excuse below and get helpful information and tips you can use today! For more information on taking your medications, click More Resources underneath the pictures.


Taking your prescription medication as directed is as important as other every-day habits, like wearing a seat belt or brushing your teeth. You may have good reasons for not always taking your medication. There are better reasons why you should. Make your medicine part of your daily routine.


TCYH TIPS

  • Take your medicine at the same time every day. Use a cell-phone or watch alarm to remind you.
  • Put a note wherever you keep your medicine like the bathroom mirror or refrigerator door.
  • Ask a family member to remind you.
  • Make sure you always have enough medicine!
  • Mark your calendar or datebook to renew your prescription before it runs out.

Taking your prescription medication as directed can be complicated, especially if you are on several drugs. Talk to your doctor about simpler options. You may have good reasons for not always taking your medication. There are better reasons why you should. Make taking your medicine a little easier.


TCYH TIPS

  • Ask your doctor to explain each medication and why you need it.
  • Ask your doctor about an easier dosing schedule or combination products to reduce the number of pills you take.
  • List instructions for all your medications in one place.
  • Use pill boxes to organize daily doses.

Taking your prescription medication as directed can help you stay healthy. You may have good reasons for not always taking your medication. There are better reasons why you should. Make your medicine a priority.


TCYH TIPS

  • Add it to your "to-do" list every day.
  • Keep a supply in your office.
  • Learn all you can about your condition. This will help you to focus on your health.
  • Make sure you understand the benefits and risks of your medicine.

Even if you feel fine, it's important to take your prescription medication as directed. Some conditions may have no symptoms, but can still be hurting your health.

You may have good reasons for not always taking your medication. There are better reasons why you should.

Your medication could be a lifesaver


TCYH TIPS

  • Think of your medication as part of a healthy lifestyle
  • Having no symptoms doesn't mean your condition is gone.
  • Taking medicine doesn't mean you are sick or weak.

All medicines have risks and benefits, but not taking your prescription medication as directed can also contribute to health risks.

You may have good reasons for not always taking your medication. There are better reasons why you should.

Be informed about your medicine. Whenever your doctor prescribes a medication:


TCYH TIPS

  • Tell your doctor about any other medicines that you are taking, including vitamins, minerals, herbs and over-the counter products.
  • Read the patient information that comes with the medicine.
  • Ask your doctor what to do if you experience any side effects.
  • If you do experience side effects, ask your doctor about alternatives.

Not taking your prescription medication as directed can cost even more if your condition gets worse and you need additional treatment or hospitalization.

You may have good reasons for not always taking your medication. There are better reasons why you should.

If you are having trouble affording your medication, there may be help:


TCYH TIPS

  • Talk to your doctor about less expensive options.
  • Review your prescription drug coverage. It may pay more towards a similar medicine to the one you are taking.
  • Look into prescription assistance programs. More information is available at the Partnership for Prescription Assistance Web site — www.pparx.org.
  • Don't stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor first.

 


Getting a Prescription

Taking MedsUnderstanding the importance your medication plays in your treatment will help you get the most benefit from your prescription. Your health care provider prescribed your medication, but you must take the medicine correctly to see the benefits.


Tracking Your Medicines

Reduce medical mistakes and improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of your health care by tracking your medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.

Keep a list of all medicines you take. Bring that list—or a bag filled with your medicines—with you when you visit your health care provider.


Taking Your Medications Safely

Taking Meds Medicine is prescribed to help you. But it can hurt you if you take too much or mix medicines that don't go together.

    • Know what the medicine is for and how to take it
    • Ask about side effects and what to avoid
    • Read the label and warnings when you get your medicine
    • Ask the pharmacist about your medicine if it looks different than you expected