You have to take some medicines to control some health problems and drug management is always important. But you are old and you have some disorders that prevent you from managing your medicines. Check out some useful tips below and you may find out the solution.
Know what drugs you are taking
You can make a checklist. Write down what drugs are prescriptions and what drugs are over-the-counter. With each type of drug, you should mark the dose, the time you take it. Remember to note if you have to take it with a meal. You should make at least two copies of the list. You can stick the list to the table, the fridge, the door; or store it in your wallet, purse, or bag. You may prefer a checklist in your computer or mobile phone.
Make a record
You can make a record at every appointment with the doctor. Write down whenever your doctor changes your prescriptions or add new drugs to your treatment program. Your doctor may tell you some new information about your drugs. You should take note all the advice and instructions of your doctors. You may not be able to remember all the things he or she says. If your doctor agrees, you can use a recorder.
Keep the labels
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for large, easy-to-read labels of the medicines you take. You can also ask for their original boxes. Read the labels carefully. You can use special plastic boxes to organize your medicines. Thus, you can take the right types, right dose or drugs at the right time. And one thing, they are easy to bring to work or school.
Ask your doctor about drug’s storage
Some medicines have to be kept at low temperature. Some should not be placed under the sun. because high temperature or sunlight can damage the drugs, or reduce their effects. So ask your doctor about the ways you should store your drugs.
You should not keep your medicines in the bathroom cabinet. The moist and warmth of the environment can make the medicines breaks down.
Follow the prescriptions
Always follow strictly the instructions of the doctor to avoid some certain side effects or complication. When you use antibiotic drugs, following the prescription can help prevent antibiotic resistance. You can stop taking drugs when you doctor says it is okay. Do not stop when you think you should.
If you have to go away
If you have to go in business, or in the holiday; ask your doctor or pharmacist if you can change the schedule for the changes in diet, or time zones. You can call the doctor or pharmacist if you have problems with your drugs. If you have to fly, do not put drugs in the checked luggage. Because you cannot take them when you are on the plane. Remember to bring enough medicines when you go for a long period of time.
Have someone remind you
You may not remember the schedule so you may miss the dose. You can set an alarm on your phone or tablet or have someone remind you to take the medicines. If you miss a dose, call your doctor or pharmacist for help.
Since you may have to take some drugs, you store them in your hose so drug management is essential to avoid overdose or complications. Discuss with your doctor and he or she may give you some more other advice.
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Review Date: April 13, 2017 | Last Modified: April 13, 2017
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