If your child has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy, you probably have questions. However, what…
It can often feel very confusing when you’re diagnosed with a condition. You may feel frustrated with all of the new medications that you have to take, and you’re not alone. According to The Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription medication, and over 50 percent take at least two.
And taking your medications as prescribed is incredibly important. Not taking prescribed medications correctly accounts for up to 50% of failures in treatment. It also accounts for 25% percent of hospitalizations and around 125,000 deaths each year in the United States.
At the Neurology Center for Epilepsy and Seizures, we’re here to offer effective treatment options for all of your health concerns and conditions. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide on medication management and how it can help you.
What medication management is
Medication management is, simply put, the planning and monitoring of all of your prescription and over-the-counter medications. The goal is to ensure that all of your medications work effectively for you and that you’re not taking any unnecessary medications that aren’t benefiting you.
Medication management is especially vital if you’re on more than one medication, as many drugs interact with each other and can cause dangerous and potentially fatal complications. It helps to ensure that all of your medications are working safely and effectively.
How we manage your medications
For starters, we’ll need your full medical history as well as all of the medications that you’re currently on or have taken in the past. By doing so, we get a full picture of what works for you.
This helps us to avoid any complications or adverse negative interactions. By managing your medications, we can find the best drugs and dosages to treat your unique conditions.
It’s sometimes difficult to remember to take your medications. We can also offer helpful tips and strategies for remembering to take your medications, like using a daily pill organizer, setting reminders on your phone, and using a checklist or keeping a medication journal.
With medication management, we can effectively monitor your treatment progress, adjust your medication when the dosages aren’t working, and evaluate your reactions and side effects.
We can also simplify your drug therapy by taking out unnecessary, excess medications, which helps reduce your costs.
To learn more about medication management and to schedule an appointment, call our office or book online today.