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Medication Management

It is important to keep a good record of the all medicines you take both prescription and over-the-counter. If you have trouble remembering the names and doses of your medication, try using the handy list and chart below!

Medication Questions to Ask My Doctor

  • What is the medication's name?
  • Is there a generic equivalent?
  • Why am I taking this medicine?
  • How much do I take?
  • Do I take it on an empty stomach or with food?
  • How long do I take it?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • While taking the medicine, what food, beverages, other medicines, or activities should I avoid?
  • Where should I store the medicine?
  • Will I need to refill the prescription?
  • Will this medicine interfere with other medicines I am taking?

List Your Prescription Medicines

Name of My Medicine How Much Do I Take When Do I Take What Do I Use It For
Example: Ibuprofen 1 tablet, 400 mg 3 times a day after meals Arthritis
       
       
       
       
       

Keep a Record of Medicines You Use

25% of all hospital and nursing home admissions by seniors (persons 65 years of age or older) each year is due to their failure to take their prescription medications as directed. Failure to properly take prescribed medication is the number one reason for hospital readmissions.
10 Simple Steps to Improve Medication COMPLIANCE
C  Call your pharmacist or physician if you have any concerns about any of your medications.
O  Order your medication renewals/refills well in advance - don't wait until the weekend or until you have just swallowed your last tablet.
M  Make your medication regimen fit into your lifestyle, not the other way around. Associate taking your medication with something you regularly do every day, e.g. brushing your teeth, sitting down to meals.
P  Plan your medication times by using a daily planner, e.g. a pill organizer.
L  Learn to never leave home without an up-to-date medication list. After all, you wouldn't consider going to the bank without your bank passbook.
I  Inform your pharmacist or physician of any issues or concerns you may have regarding side effects, etc.
A  Ask! Ask! Ask! Before you crush or stop or change a medication.
N  Never stop a medication abruptly. Always consult with your pharmacist or physician first.
C  Clarify with your pharmacist which over-the-counter (non-prescription) or herbal medications are safe to mix with your prescription medications.
E  Explanation from your physician, on a regular basis, about the ongoing need for each medication.
* If you are a professional caregiver, please read below.
* For the Healthcare Professional: 10 Tips to Improve COMPLIANCE for Your Patient
10 Simple Steps to Improve Medication COMPLIANCE
C  Call your pharmacist or physician if you have any concerns about any of your medications.
O  Order your medication renewals/refills well in advance - don't wait until the weekend or until you have just swallowed your last tablet.
M  Make your medication regimen fit into your lifestyle, not the other way around. Associate taking your medication with something you regularly do every day, e.g. brushing your teeth, sitting down to meals.
P  Plan your medication times by using a daily planner, e.g. a pill organizer.
L  Learn to never leave home without an up-to-date medication list. After all, you wouldn't consider going to the bank without your bank passbook.
I  Inform your pharmacist or physician of any issues or concerns you may have regarding side effects, etc.
A  Ask! Ask! Ask! Before you crush or stop or change a medication.
N  Never stop a medication abruptly. Always consult with your pharmacist or physician first.
C  Clarify with your pharmacist which over-the-counter (non-prescription) or herbal medications are safe to mix with your prescription medications.
E  Explanation from your physician, on a regular basis, about the ongoing need for each medication.
* If you are a professional caregiver, please read below.
* For the Healthcare Professional: 10 Tips to Improve COMPLIANCE for Your Patient
10 Simple Steps to Improve Medication COMPLIANCE ( Healthcare Professionals )
C  Communicate effectively in words that the patient will understand. Avoid using medical jargon.
O  Open-ended questions are more helpful in determining the actual level of compliance
M  Make time for the patient's questions. Patients are less inclined to open-up if they feel that you are rushing.
P  Provide each patient with an up-to-date medication list.
L  Listen for clues to non-compliance. For example, a patient reports an unpleasant after-taste or experiences nausea with a specific medication.
I  Inform the patient of the risks of non-compliance.
A  Assess if the patient is being prescribed the medication formulation that has been designed to enhance compliance.
N  Never assume that compliance is good. Wait until you get to know the patient. Initially, patients like to tell us what we want to hear.
C  Counsel the patient on all available aids to compliance. For example, calendars, programmable timers, or medication compliance systems
E  Evaluate the effectiveness of each counseling session by asking the patient to summarize. Evaluate the ongoing need for each medication on a regular basis. Evaluate ALL medications your patients are taking. Have them bring all prescription and over-the-counter drugs they use to the appointment.
-- COMPLIANCE: © Senior Friendship Centers (http://www.seniorfriendship.com)
10 Simple Steps to Improve Medication COMPLIANCE ( Healthcare Professionals )
C  Communicate effectively in words that the patient will understand. Avoid using medical jargon.
O  Open-ended questions are more helpful in determining the actual level of compliance
M  Make time for the patient's questions. Patients are less inclined to open-up if they feel that you are rushing.
P  Provide each patient with an up-to-date medication list.
L  Listen for clues to non-compliance. For example, a patient reports an unpleasant after-taste or experiences nausea with a specific medication.
I  Inform the patient of the risks of non-compliance.
A  Assess if the patient is being prescribed the medication formulation that has been designed to enhance compliance.
N  Never assume that compliance is good. Wait until you get to know the patient. Initially, patients like to tell us what we want to hear.
C  Counsel the patient on all available aids to compliance. For example, calendars, programmable timers, or medication compliance systems
E  Evaluate the effectiveness of each counseling session by asking the patient to summarize. Evaluate the ongoing need for each medication on a regular basis. Evaluate ALL medications your patients are taking. Have them bring all prescription and over-the-counter drugs they use to the appointment.
-- COMPLIANCE: © Senior Friendship Centers (http://www.seniorfriendship.com)
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