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The Importance of Taking Your Medication

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The Importance of Taking Your Medication

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When managing any ongoing medical condition, such as diabetes or other health issues requiring regular attention, it’s very important to consistently take any medications that your provider has prescribed for you. Staying on top of medications can be a lot to keep track of, but failing to take medications as prescribed can increase your risk of health complications or even result in a medical emergency.

When managing any ongoing medical condition, such as diabetes or other health issues requiring regular attention, it’s very important to consistently take any medications that your provider has prescribed for you.

The Importance of Taking Your Medication

At AdvantageCare Physicians, part of our “whole you” care approach is helping you understand the health benefits of the medications that you’ve been prescribed, along with addressing any potential concerns or questions you might have about them.

Some common concerns we hear from our patients include:
 

  • Uncertainty about possible side effects.
  • Inconvenience or complexity of a prescribed treatment.
  • Cost of medication or health plan formulary issues.
  • Needle anxiety for injectable treatments.

The Importance of Taking Your Medication

If you’re managing a health condition, you may find that one or more of the obstacles listed above can factor into your medication regimen and how closely you’re able to stick to it. Over time, however, not taking your medications as prescribed may worsen your condition. With diabetes, for example, not taking prescribed medications may result in elevated blood sugar levels, which will eventually lead to more serious health problems like heart disease, vision loss, or kidney disease.

If you find it challenging to take your medications as prescribed, always speak with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) before making any changes on your own. Your PCP may offer advice to make your regimen more manageable or even change your prescription if necessary.

Schedule an appointment with your PCP to discuss these or any other health concerns you have.

 

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