Tell the doctor about all of the medicines or other things you take. Some things are harmful if taken together. So tell your doctor if you take any of these things:
- Prescription medicines, like antibiotics
- Medicines you buy at the store, like aspirin or cough medicine
- Vitamins or minerals
- Herbs or diet supplements
Ask and understand these things about each medicine:
- What is it for?
- What does it look like?
- How much do I take, and when do I take it?
- How long do I take this medicine?
- Do I take it with food or with no food?
- What are the side effects?
- Is there anything I can't do when I'm taking this medicine?
- What should I do if I forget to take it?
Order refill medicine early. If you take a medicine every day, get your refill 1 to 2 weeks before you need it. You don't want to run out.
Use a reminder. Set an alarm to alert you when it's time to take your medicine. Or, take your medicine when you do other everyday things, like brush your teeth or eat breakfast.
Use a pillbox to organize your medicines.
Keep a list of all your medicines. Keep it with you at home and wherever you go. A chart can help you keep track of:
- What your medicine is for
- What it looks like
- Whether you should take it with food or not
- When to take it