Getting that headache again?
Your heart seems to be racing! And on top of that now you are dizzy!! So you forgot to take your blood pressure medication again! Now you are getting those chest pains!! Can anyone relate with this? How many of us go through this every now and then? And it happens over and over again. It doesn’t have to be this way and on the positive side, we proven recommendations that will ensure you never forget to take your pills on time ever again!
Here is the problem, at least 125,000 Americans die yearly due to poor medication adherence. That is an insane amount of avoidable deaths, not to mention all those who survive and actually not ending up kicking the bucket! Our health is always in our hands and we have to step up to the plate and take care of it.
Our goal is to bring a Medication Compliance Revolution and save lives!!
Here are a few tips on improving our compliance and to keep the needed medications on track and take your pills on time.
1- Know about your medicine and why you need to take it.
Studies suggest that the more you understand about your health, the more you are likely to do something about it. If you have a chronic condition, know what complications you can develop and how your prescribed medication can help prevent that! Knowledge is power and thus you can take control. Ask your doctor and pharmacist. Remember they get paid to answer your questions!
2- Medication reminder or a pill reminder system!
We just forget! We need alarms! “Just forgetting” is a major cause of missing your pills and is of serious concern. It is an avoidable error with grave consequences. Patients with insulin dependent diabetes can miss their insulin dose and end up with diabetic ketoacidosis. Heart failure patients on water pills can end up getting fluid overloaded by missing a single pill. Pill boxes are one way to do it. Our app iMEDTracker on the google play store and the apple app stores is an excellent way to never miss a dose! Easily set up your medication list and get reminders.
3- Have an easier medication schedule
Once a day pill schedules are easier to comply by for obvious reasons. When you start taking medications more often, it naturally gets complicated. Dosing errors also rise. Try to work with your doctor to take more long acting drugs if possible. A pill reminder system as mentioned above will be even more essential for multiple time dosing.
With multiple pill times you need to be sure you take them at the prescribed intervals. Too soon and the effects can double up. If you get too late, you run the risk of losing protection against your disease. Losing control of your blood pressure for example which leads to getting dizzy, headache, palpitations etc etc.
4- Set goals of therapy. Know what to target!
Must set your goals!
- What is acceptable if you have asthma? How many times a month is using a rescue inhaler considered acceptable? Or not acceptable at all?
- What should be your morning sugar level? What should me your after-meals level? Having an active knowledge of your needed sugar control is essential to prevent long term complications.
- Should you maintain your systolic blood pressure to less than 120 or 130? What are your targets based on your medical issues?
The more targets you set, the more you will care and be compliant!
5- Never get disheartened! Health is wealth.
Your health is the most important thing in your life. If you have a setback, get back on track. Talk to your doctor. Get some motivation for yourself and for the people who love your dearly and live life to the fullest. Be able to go out on that hiking trip with your grandchildren. Or drive your car with your kids not worried whether may have a seizure. Only if you are healthy will you be able to enjoy what you want and achieve those goals. Keep in mind, age is not a limit!
For some of us, taking those pills is as much a part of our lives as is the air we breathe. We cannot do without the oxygen for a few moments however we do tend to forget medications which keep us going also.
Share your experiences. We have all been there with our highs and lows. But together we are strong and can be a source of inspiration and guidance. Let’s set the Medication Compliance Revolution in motion!
Stay healthy and stay safe.