Remembering your medication
If your doctor prescribes medication, it is important to continue taking it unless your doctor tells you to stop. If you have difficulty remembering to take your medications then you can try: Taking your medication at the same time every day. It is important to get into a routine.
Using a pillbox or dispenser that notes day and times. You can organise this with your
local pharmacist. Using a medication diary or daily chart to keep track of your medications.
Your doctor will help you to work out the right medication, dosage and timing for your lifestyle.
Never stop taking your medication or change how much you take without talking
to your doctor.
In some cases, suddenly stopping your medication can be dangerous.
Medications occasionally have side effects. It is important to remember and report these to your doctor, no matter how big or small. In order to report these, you must first understand the particular side effects your medications can produce.
Your pharmacist or doctor can discuss these with you. Your doctor may be able to make
changes that reduce or remove these side effects.
You may be taking a number of medications for different reasons. For example, you may use injections or tablets to control your diabetes or you may take tablets for arthritis.
Sometimes prescribed medications will interact with and/or cause more side effects for overthe- counter medications or herbal remedies. It is important that you talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications you are taking including natural remedies or vitamin supplements.
If you plan to travel, it’s a good idea to take a list of your medications with you. Ask your
pharmacist or doctor to provide a list together with dosages. If you have to visit a doctor or hospital interstate or overseas, this list will ensure you are given the correct medication and dosage.
Know your stroke risk
Medication is only one aspect of lowering your risk of stroke. You should be aware of what else you can do to lower your risk.
Risks you cannot change include, age (your risk of stroke increases as you get older), gender (women are more likely to have a stroke because they live longer) and family and/or personal history of stroke or heart problems.
Risks you can change include, controlling and monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stopping smoking, eating a healthy diet, doing regular exercise, minimising your alcohol use, controlling and monitoring your diabetes.
Speak to your doctor, pharmacist or health professional if you have any further questions.
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