How do you take your Meds?

Posted on May 6, 2012


How do you take your meds?

Medications are a blessing and a curse simply because there are thousands of medications out there, each one having it’s own list of things to avoid and rules on how to take it. Sadly, many of us take them incorrectly, or do not know what to avoid when taking our medications. Many of us avoid that five-minute consultation with the pharmacist, or a discussion with your doctor, and we do not actually realize that it can possibly save your life.

Blood thinners are one example of a medication that has a long list of what you cannot inter mix. Some products that have aspirin in them, some cold medicines, stomach remedies and pain relievers can cause side effects to appear depending on which type of blood thinner you are using, as well as some foods can affect how will your blood thinner works for you. Foods that have high vitamin K work against some blood thinners so make sure you discuss what you need to avoid depending on your prescription.

Here are some great questions to ask the doctor or pharmacist about your medications, before you start taking them:

*Why is it important for me to stay on schedule with taking my medication?

*What should I do if I miss a dose?

*What is the goal of this medication?

*Are there any common side effects I should be aware of?

*Is there anything I should avoid while taking this medication?

So make your medications a blessing by double-checking how the scheduling and interactions of other medications and foods will affect you, and make sure you know why they are important to your treatment plan.

If you have questions about your medications, or how BrightStar Care of Portland North/East can help you understand your treatment plan please contact us at 832-730-1255 and we’ll be happy to talk about it!

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