SO MANY OF US RELY ON DIFFERENT PRESCRIPTIONS TO STAY HEALTHY.
WE ALL HEAR IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE THOSE MEDICATIONS AS PRESCRIBED --- BUT HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU MISSED A DOSE, OR JUST STOPPED TAKING THE MEDICINE ALL TOGETHER BECAUSE YOU FEEL BETTER?
YOU COULD BE SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR A DISASTER.
PHARMACY STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE, TRYING TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MEDICATION ADHERENCE.
- What is Script Your Future and why is it important?
Script Your Future is a national campaign that raises awareness of the importance of taking medications as directed, so the best possible result can be achieved. If you are not taking your medications as directed, you are putting your health and future at risk. Today we will like to raise awareness of some of the barriers that may inhibit us from taking medications as directed and increase medication adherence.
- That’s interesting, what are some of these barriers for not taking your medications as directed?
The four main barriers for not taking your medications as directed are forgetfulness, side effects, cost, and the “I’m cured syndrome” which means I feel better so I don’t need to take my medication anymore, which is a huge problem in medication adherence.
- You bring up a good point. I often see people go to the doctor because they don’t feel well and half way thru the prescription they stop taking it because they feel better. Or patients may take medications and feel no different than before. Why should we continue to take medications if we feel better or experience no change at all?
Some medications take weeks and possibly months to have maximum effect. It is important to take your medication every day for as long as the therapy requires for two reasons: To have full beneficial effect and to maximize the prevention of any further issues. Stopping medications before prescribed can lead to a far worse condition than before.
- In today’s world, it seems everyone is so busy and we can often forget to take our medication. What are some ways I can remember to take my medication?
a. Set alarms on cell phone or on computer. You can set alarms for what time you need to take your meds as a reminder.
b As for the older generation that is not on the go so much, you can have your favorite TV show such as Delmarva Life, be a reminder to take your medication. If you need to take your medication twice a day, you can find 2 programs that run 12 hours apart such as the 7am and 7pm news as a reminder. Having a family member call you at scheduled times could be a reminder as well.
- Medication cost seems to be getting more expensive. Is there anything we can do to help with the cost of medications?
a. Some pharmacies have payment plans for you to make arrangements, such as sending you a bill at the first of the month.
b. Drug manufacturers provide coupons and rebates on their website that pharmacies can check for. Your doctor or pharmacy may have promotions as well.
c. If you have insurance but it still doesn’t pay enough, maybe your physician can switch to an agent that is cheaper. Especially if the medication you are on is only available in Brand.
- What about the side effects of medication? My medication tends to make me feel a little drowsy or even nauseous which makes me not want to take it. What should I do?
If unable to tolerate side effects:
a. Take with food (sometimes this can help)
b. Speak with doctor about switching agents to something more tolerable
c. Speak with your pharmacist to make sure there are no interactions with any other prescribed or OTC medications, or foods.
- Where could we get more information regarding Script Your Future?
You can visit http://scriptyourfuture.org/ to get more information.
Script Your Future is a program that is inspired by communication between patient and pharmacist/physician on education of medication which increases positive outcomes of medication adherence. UMES School of Pharmacy would like to thank Delmarva Life for the opportunity to share this message to its viewing family.