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What can help me remember to fill my high blood pressure medication prescription?

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High blood pressure drugs need to be taken on schedule, so don't let your supply run out! This can be tricky, especially if you use multiple drugs and different pharmacies. See if any of these suggestions might help:

  • Find out exactly how soon you can reorder your prescription. Usually it's about a week before your current supply runs out. Insurance companies have different rules for how early you can request a refill before the current supply runs out.
  • Try to use only one pharmacy. It will be easier to talk to a pharmacist about possible drug interactions among prescription and nonprescription drugs and supplements and make sure you're not taking duplicate medicines.
  • Use a friend or family member to help you find your way through the insurance, mail order, or other groups you must deal with in order to get your refills.
  • Mark a calendar with the dates for reordering. Some online or mail-order suppliers will keep track of this for you, as well.
  • If you're planning to travel, have all of your medication ready to go with you. Keep it with you, rather than in your checked baggage when flying.

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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