Monitoring blood pressure medications No matter what blood pressure medication you’re prescribed, you will need to work with your healthcare provider to carefully monitor how well the medication is working. It’s important to understand that taking blood pressure medication isn’t a short-term fix. High blood pressure is a lifelong condition, so taking medication may be a lifelong need. Do not stop taking your medication unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so. Your healthcare provider may want you to come in for office visits frequently at first to check your blood pressure. Once your blood pressure is under control, you will likely be tested less often. Another important purpose of careful monitoring is to minimize the impact of side effects. If you’re having side effects from the medications you’re prescribed, talk with your doctor. A change in dosage or in the type of medication you’re taking may be appropriate. Your healthcare provider will work with you to figure out the best changes to make. Take medications exactly as prescribed Your medications are designed to reduce your blood pressure to a healthy range, but they can only work if they’re taken exactly as prescribed. This means following the dosage instructions on your medicine bottle to the letter. If you are unsure about how to take your medication, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Again, do not stop taking your medication unless you’re instructed to do so by your healthcare provider. If affording your medication is an issue, ask your healthcare provider if a generic medication might be appropriate. These are as effective as name-brand medications and are usually much cheaper. You may also want to look into getting help affording your medications. Visit the Partnership for Prescription Assistance or Needy Meds to learn more. 15 Medicine Chart Name: ____________________________ Date: ____________________________ NAME OF MEDICINE COLOR WHAT S IT FOR? DOSE HOW OFTEN & WHAT TIME PRESCRIBING DOCTOR PHARMACY PHONE NO. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS REFILL DATE Aspirin white blood thinner 1 pill once daily at night Dr. Jones 650-555-1234 Take with food 9/1/12 Medicine Chart Click here to download and print this helpful tool.
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