Stick to Your Meds (Heart Health)
If your doctor prescribes medicine for your blood pressure or cholesterol, it’s very important that you remember to take them. Sticking to your medication schedule is a lot easier when you understand what you are taking and why.
Ask your doctor what you are being treated for and how each medicine helps. For example: If you are taking a statin, you should know that it is for lowering your LDL cholesterol to lower your heart disease risk.
Know the side effects of any medications you are taking. You can find this out by asking your doctor or pharmacist.
Ask your doctor how your medicine works with your other medications and the foods you eat. For example: Some medicines work best if you take them with food. Others work best if you take them at bedtime.
Ask your doctor what to do if you miss a dose of medicine or have problems with side effects. It is important that you keep your doctor informed of how the medicine is working for you. It may be useful to ask your doctor to help you create a chart that includes all of your medicines. Include the name of the medication, what the medication is being taken for, when to take it, what side effects to watch for, and phone numbers to call if you have a problem