You may hear your doctor use the term Medication Adherence. This means taking the proper dose of medication at the right time and in the right way for as long as you’re supposed to.
Serious threats to your health can occur when your medication regimen is skipped, modified, or ignored.
To stick with your regimen, here are some useful tips. Develop a schedule with reminders. Sticky notes and alarm clocks are great tools to help you. You’re much more likely to remember your regimen if it becomes part of your routine. For instance, taking a pill right after a meal or before going to bed.
And get a family member or friend to help remind you. They can be a great source for support.
Work with your doctor if you’re having trouble with the medication dosage, schedule, or any side effects. Your doctor might be able to make adjustments that are more suitable for your needs. But never, ever make those decisions on our own. Always consult your health care provider. Be CardioSmart.