Using meds correctly means you:
- Fill your prescription
- Take your meds on time
- Follow directions
- Finish the prescription
- More doctor/hospital visits
- More treatments
- Possible treatment failure
Get the meds you need. When you need them. As cheaply as possible.
Make your money go further:
- Go for a 90-day prescription instead of a 30-day
- Ask for a generic
- Confirm your medication is on your insurance carrier's "formulary"
- Pay with tax-free money, like an HSA or FSA
- Consider a medical plan with prescription drug copays
Take your medicine as prescribed.
Stay on top of things:
- Finish the entire prescription
- Use a seven-day pillbox
- Set up mail-order service for 90-day prescriptions
- Sign up for multi-dose packages at your pharmacy (if available) to get all your meds organized by date and time
- Set an alarm
- Know what to do if you miss a dose
- Set up automatic refills with your pharmacy
Monitor your progress and any side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about:
- Potential side effects
- Which side effects require immediate attention
- Possible problems with other drugs and supplements you use
- Any unexpected symptoms ASAP
- Switching drugs if you need to—don’t just stop!