What are some tips for taking medication used for treating heart failure?

You should take your medicines exactly as prescribed.

  • Have a written schedule and a pill box or another way to remember your medicine.
  • Report any side effect to your doctor (dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea or changes in mental or sexual function). Do not stop taking any of your medicine on your own.
  • Take your diuretic in the morning to limit bathroom trips at night. If you take a diuretic twice a day, ask your doctor about spacing the second dose in the late afternoon.
  • If you miss a dose, don't take extra to make up for it. But if you forget your diuretic in the morning, take it later in the day rather than waiting until the next morning.
  • Once you feel better, don't stop taking your meds. Many of them work best together for a good long-term effect on the heart and blood vessels.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking herbs or supplements, as some may interfere with your medication.

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