Taking Your Medications Safely Comes Down to Good Management

If you take a number of various medications, it can be hard to keep track of dates, times, and pills. Prescription medication and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are essential for many patients to remain healthy and active. That’s why good medication management is critical.

The specialists at MDPain in Greenwood Village and Parker, Colorado, understand the importance of taking your medications safely, and we’re here to help. We use groundbreaking techniques and compassionate care to help you manage pain and your prescriptions.

Steps to safely manage your medications

Did you know that 20-30% of new medications are never filled? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this leads to failed treatments, resulting in 125,000 deaths per year. That’s why it’s crucial to safely manage all your medications, including your OTC drugs. Here are some tips to help.

Routine

The best way to remember to take your medication is to make it part of your routine. For example, take your pills after brushing your teeth every morning. When your routine becomes a habit, you’ll be far less likely to forget your important medicine.

Take only as prescribed

The CDC states that 50% of medications aren’t taken as prescribed. Additionally, a whopping 51% of patients who are taking blood pressure medication stop using it all together after long-term treatment, leading up to a 25% risk of dying. Prescribed medications are determined by experts, and they keep you healthy. It’s imperative that you take your medication as instructed.

Always refill your medications

It’s helpful to use a calendar or a text messaging service to remind you when it’s time to refill your prescriptions. Many pharmacies will automatically refill the drugs for you, and even send them in the mail. If you must go to the pharmacy to pick up medication, you can always have a friend or family member pick it up for you.

Pharmacists can help

Pharmacists are experts in prescription and OTC medications. They’re a great resource when you have any questions or concerns. Alternatively, you can always call MDPain with any issues.

Keep your doctors informed

Make sure your doctors are aware of all the medications you’re taking. Certain drugs interact poorly with other drugs. Your treatment plan is unique to you, which is why it’s critical all your care providers know the medications you use.

Use a pill container

A pill container that lists the days of the week is beneficial in managing medications and keeping your health on track. These pill containers are available in many styles like weekly, monthly, am and pm, and so on. There are even pill container timer caps that remind you when you last took a pill.

Always take medication with you

If you plan to travel, take all medications with you in your carry-on luggage. If your suitcase is lost en-route to your destination, you want to be sure you can still take your drugs. Also, pack extra dosages in case anything should happen, like being stuck somewhere after a canceled flight, for example.

When dealing with chronic pain, it can be challenging to keep up with all your medications. Let us take some stress off your shoulders by contacting us today at one of our two convenient locations. We’re here to help you make sense of good medication management.

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