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High Cholesterol and FH

Why You Should Be Tested for HIGH CHOLESTEROL and FH Sticking to Your Medication Plan You may have heard this before, but it’s true: Medicines don’t work the way they should unless you take them the way they’re supposed to be taken. That means taking medications safely and as your healthcare provider instructs you to. Here are some ways to take your medications correctly: • Keep taking your medications (whether oral or injected) unless your healthcare provider instructs you to stop. • Set a medication schedule, and stick to it. It helps to take your medications at the same time every day, as your healthcare provider instructs. Many people find it helps to take medications while doing other daily rituals, such as eating (if it’s OK to take your medications with food) or when it’s time to brush your teeth. • Always read the labels carefully. Medication labels contain My Medication List Use this chart to keep track of all your medications. Any time your healthcare provider prescribes a medication, tells you to stop one, or changes a dosage, record the change here. Share this list with any new healthcare provider you visit. Keep a copy in your wallet or purse. How Often to Take Purpose Notes/Date List all over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and supplements you take: 1 © 2014 Mended Hearts and StayWell. All rights reserved. Generic Name Brand Name (if any) Strength (dose) Quantity per Dose important information about the proper dosage, whether to take the medication with food or drink, and whether to avoid any particular foods or drinks while taking the medication. For example, grapefruit and grapefruit juice are known to interfere with the effectiveness of statin medications. • Sort your medications into a weekly pillbox. If you need to take medications at different times of the day, use a pillbox that is divided into time-of-day compartments. They’re available at most drug stores. • Make a pill calendar or medication reminder chart to help you remember when to take your oral and injectable medications. Consider setting an alarm on your clock, watch or smartphone to help you remember when to take them. Or ask your family or friends to help you remember. WHY CHOLESTEROL MATTERS: Why You Should Be Tested for High Cholesterol and FH My Medication List Download/print this PDF 14


High Cholesterol and FH
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