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Taking Medicines as Prescribed - Medicine and Long-Term Health Problems

You may be taking medicine for a long-term (chronic) health problem. Some chronic diseases can be controlled, but they usually cannot be cured. You may need to take one or more medicines for the rest of your life.

Here are some examples of common chronic health problems and how medicines help:

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How to Make Smart Medication Choices

Your doctor isn't the only one calling the shots about your health. You've got a say, too, especially when it comes to the medicines you take. "You play a big role in creating your treatment plan," says Wanda Filer, MD, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "You know your medical history, medications you're allergic to, and your budget." Talk about these things with your doctor. Together you'll make the best decisions about the medicine you need.

Read the How to Make Smart Medication Choices article > >

Taking a lot of pills increases your chances of having problems. If you take more than one medicine that works the same way, you could get too high a dose. And sometimes medicines work against each other. So make sure you know how to stay safe when you take several medicines.

For some ideas about how you can remember to take your medicines, pay for them, and when to call your doctor, see Quick Tips: Taking Medicines Wisely.

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Last Updated: September 09, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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