What are some tips for taking my heart medicine?

Abdul J. Tajik, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Medications can only help you if you take them regularly and on time. It is important that you try to make them part of your daily routine. These helpful tips can assist you.
  • Get a pillbox that separates your medications by the day of the week. Fill the pillbox at the start of each week. This will help you to remember to take your medications.
  • Try to take your medications at the same time each day so it becomes a habit.
  • Remember to order your medications when you have at least a one-week supply remaining so you don’t run out of them. Abruptly stopping medications can be harmful to you.
  • Don’t forget your medications when traveling.
  • Keep an up-to-date list of your medications in your wallet or purse so you can show health care providers the list during your visits. Remember to include any vitamins, herbals or over-the-counter medications you take. You also should show this list to your pharmacist to ensure you don’t have any medication interactions.
  • Take the medications as prescribed by your health care provider. If you develop unexpected symptoms, contact your health care provider before stopping the medication.

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