Life-saving Prescription Management Tips to Follow When on Dialysis

prescription management tips

Now that you are on dialysis, it is about time that you change the you way handle things around you. This includes proper management of the medications you are taking while in dialysis, especially when you find yourself taking several different medications. In this update, we are going to talk about some life-saving tips on how you can handle your prescriptions effectively.

Understand

The first tip is to understand the medications you will be taking. Consider reading descriptions and asking professionals, especially the very person prescribing you the meds as well as your healthcare team (read: working with your healthcare team), about these medications and why they are necessary for your condition. Doing so allows you to better handle your treatment and stay healthy as you move forward with the procedure. For clear understanding of your medication, you can:

  • Make a grand list of all your current medications
  • Label your meds descriptively – its strength and purpose
  • Make notes on which medications that should not be taken together
  • Ask, if in doubt (or forgot a meds’ purpose), your healthcare team – don’t hesitate

Organise

The second tip is to stay organised with your medications. This is important especially when you are dealing with many different medications. To stay organised, you can do the following:

  • Employ and adhere to time patterns in taking your medications. That is to say take them at the same time each day, consistently.
  • If it helps with remembering medication time, tie it up with common daily events such as meal time.
  • Make use of a plastic medication organiser – put it where it can easily be noticed.
  • If you have a smartphone, set your alarms or reminder apps to alert you.

Follow

The last crucial tip is to follow or stick with the plan. This is especially important if you have been given a treatment plan to stick to. Some factors will try and challenge your adherence to a medication plan which include side effects and feeling better midway through the plan. In the event these challenges occur, do:

  • Consult your doctor about the side effects you are experiencing
  • In the event you feel better, check with your doctor first before stopping medication
  • Ask your doctor if you need to extend the period of your medication plan

Each medication has a special purpose and is basically prescribed to help you. Take too much, don’t follow timing or combine medications that should be taken apart and/or in succession, and you may end up harming yourself. With the tips above, hopefully you can manage your prescription effectively and go through your dialysis treatment safe and healthy.

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