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PRESSURE Medications for high blood pressure Medications help many people manage risk factors such as high blood pressure, and live longer, healthier lives. If medications have been prescribed for you, make sure you know what they do and how to use them. Be sure to fill all the prescriptions that are written for you. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Tips for taking medication Medication must be taken as prescribed to work right. The following tips can help: 77 Don’t stop taking your medications for any reason without talking to your healthcare provider first. If you have side effects, your healthcare provider may change the medication to lessen these. If you can’t afford your medications, your healthcare provider may suggest resources that can help. 77 If keeping track of your medications is a problem, try using a weekly pillbox. You can buy one at a pharmacy. 77 Keep a list of all your medications. Show it to any healthcare provider you visit. If your medications change, update the list. 77 Some medications are taken for problems that don’t cause symptoms, such as high blood pressure. Even if you feel fine, take your medication as prescribed. 1. Use this chart to keep track of all your prescription medications. Write down the name of each medicine, how much you take (dose), and the time-of-day you take it. 2. Write down your over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and any other remedies you take. 3. Keep the original list at home. 4. Make a copy of this list to take with you to all of your appointments. Prescription Medications What do I take this © 2018 WomenHeart, ABC, CardioSmart, and StayWel . All rights reserved. for? How much do I take (dose)? When do I take it? With food? Other special instructions Over-the-Counter Medications What do I take this for? How much do I take (dose)? When do I take it? With food? Other special instructions Vitamins/ Other Remedies What do I take this for? How much do I take (dose)? When do I take it? With food? Other special instructions My Medications My Medications Download/print this PDF ➠ LEARNING CHECK Take a short quiz on what you’ve learned so far. abcardio.org 11


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