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Taking Medicines as Prescribed - Overcoming Barriers to Taking Your Medicines

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Concerns

"I feel good, so I don't take my medicine."

"I don't think my medicine is working."

What you can do

  • Remember that you feel good because you're taking the medicine.
  • Remember that some health conditions, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, don't make you feel sick. But medicine still helps.
  • Remember that some medicines do not help right away—they take time.
  • Remember that your medicines can help you prevent complications that could happen because of your health problem.
  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

Concerns

"I need to use an inhaler, but it's too hard to use."

"I have to give myself a shot, and it's hard for me."

"It's hard for me to swallow pills."

What you can do

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you how to use your inhaler. Using a device called a spacer may make it easier.
  • Ask your doctor about medicines that don't require an inhaler.
  • Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or diabetes educator for advice or tips on giving yourself shots.
  • Try these tips for swallowing medicines.
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Last Updated: November 12, 2012
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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