Updated: Aug 26, 2022
There are many medications on the market today for a variety of ailments. It can be confusing to know which medication is right for you, and how to take it.
Before starting any new medication, there are a few things you should note.
Let's jump straight into it!
1. Check for potential interactions
If you are taking any other medications, supplements, or have any medical conditions, check with your healthcare provider to make sure the new medication won't interact negatively.
2. Understand the risks and benefits
All medications come with some risks, so it's important to know what they are before starting the medication. Make sure you understand the possible benefits of the medication as well.
3. Know how to take the medication
Some medications need to be taken with food, while others should be taken on an empty stomach. Be sure to follow the directions on the bottle or from your healthcare provider.
4. Be aware of side effects
Sadly no medication is perfect. Most medications will cause some sort of side effects, but they should go away after a few days. If they don't, or if they are severe, contact your healthcare provider.
5. Don't stop taking the medication without talking to your healthcare provider
If you experience any negative side effects, talk to your provider before stopping the medication. Try and always keep them in the loop on what you're planning to do or change with your medicine schedule.
6. Store the medication properly
Some medications need to be kept in a cool, dry place, while others do not. Be sure to check the label for storage instructions.
7. Keep track of when you take your medication
This will help you know if you are taking it as directed and help your healthcare provider monitor your progress. The more information you record the better. It will enable you to optimise and get the most out of your medication, while minimising the chance of any adverse side effects.
8. Make sure you refill the prescription before it runs out
This will avoid any gaps in your medication use.
9. Use caution if driving or operating machinery
Some medications can cause drowsiness or impair your ability to focus. If you are taking such a medication, be sure to avoid activities that could be dangerous. It's always best to be safe! Although you can use your own judgement throughout the day to determine whether or not you should be operating or driving any machinery.
Taking a new medication can be confusing, but it doesn't have to be. By following these simple tips, you can make sure you're taking the right medication for you and using it safely.