Take Your Meds. Take CONTROL!
If you are on dialysis, chances are you’re also taking a number of different medications. Each medication has a special purpose and is meant to help you. However, if you take too much, take it at the wrong time of day or combine medications that shouldn’t be taken together, you may end up harming yourself.
The more you understand about your condition and your medications, the better you will be able to handle your treatment and the more likely you will be to stay healthy longer.
Tips for Better Medication Management
It’s important to take your medications every day. To help make it safe and easy, be sure you:
Take Control: Fill out the Medication Card
Complete the enclosed medication card and bring it with you when you see your doctor and pharmacist. Ask a nurse, dietitian, teammate or your pharmacist to answer any questions you may have about managing your medication.
Listen and Learn about your Medications
To better understand your condition, talk directly with your RMA healthcare team — your doctors, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists and any other healthcare professionals who prescribe your medication or participate in your care. Be sure to:
Since you have to take many different medications, it is important that you keep your medications organized. Here are a few tips:
Stick with the Plan
Once you have a medication treatment plan in place, stick with it. This can be challenging as some medications can have side effects. You may even start to feel better and want to stop taking your medication altogether. To best support your health, make sure you: