Taking Medications Safely

Do you use your medicine properly?

Sometimes it can be hard to take medicine the right way. Taking medicine properly is important to keep you healthy.

Staying Safe with Your Medicine

Here are some tips to help you stay safe with your medicines at home:

  • Keep a list of your medicine and how you take it. Here is a list for you to keep track of your medicine.
  • Tell the doctor what medicine, vitamins and natural products you are buying from the pharmacy.  
  • Tell the doctor about any infusions you might receive in a clinic.
  • Store your medicine away from children.
  • Protect your medicine from light.
  • Bring your medicine with you to the doctor’s office.
  • If your doctor gives you a new medicine, ask if it is okay to take it with your other medicine.  
  • Know what foods to avoid while taking your medicine.
  • Call the pharmacy for your refill BEFORE you run out of medicine.
  • Tell the pharmacist about all the medicines, vitamins and natural products you take.
  • If you have trouble finding a pharmacy to fill your specialty medicine, contact Pharmacy Advantage www.pharmacyadvantagerx.com or by phone (800) 456–2112.

Before You Start a New Medicine

Before you start taking a new medicine, make sure you know:

  • The name of the new medicine
  • Why you need to take it
  • How long you need to take it
  • The proper way to take it
  • How to store it
  • What to do if you miss a dose
  • If it interacts with other medicines you take

Then, add the medicine to your medicine list!

Your pharmacist might be able to help you.

If you answer YES to any of the questions below, it is very important that you talk to your pharmacist.  

  • Do you sometimes forget to take your medicine?

    I sometimes forget to take my medicine.  Here are some tips to help you:

    • Take your medicine at the same time each day. 
    • Take your medicine at the same time you do another activity such as brushing your teeth, eating breakfast or going to bed.
    • Use a pill box to organize your medicine.  Make sure you get the right pill box for you. Your pharmacist can help you choose the right one.
    • Ask a family member, caregiver, or friend to help remind you to take your medicine.
    • Set an alarm to remind you when to take your medicine.  
    • Download a smartphone app to send you reminders for when to take your medicine. Henry Ford Health System Pharmacy has a smartphone app to help you. Their app is called Henry Ford RX
    • Take your medicine with you when you travel. Make sure you take it in your carry-on luggage.
    • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how home health care might help you.
    • Talk to your Henry Ford pharmacist (877) 575-6337
  • Do you sometimes forget to get your medicine refilled?

    I sometimes forget to get my medicine refilled.  Here are some tips to help you:

    • Ask your pharmacy to call or text you when a refill is due.
    • Ask your pharmacy if you can enroll you in automatic refills.
    • Ask a family member, caregiver or friend to help remind you to call for a refill.
    • Put medicine refill dates on your calendar.
    • Set an alarm to remind you when to call for a refill.
    • Download the Henry Ford RX smartphone app which help keep track of your refills. 
    • Request refills before travelling and/or before the weekend.
    • You may be able to enroll in free home delivery of your medicine from Pharmacy Advantage or by phone (800) 456–2112.
    • Talk to your Henry Ford Pharmacist (877) 575-6337.
  • Is your medicine too expensive for you?

    My medicine is too expensive.  Here are some tips to help you:

    • See if your medicine is covered by your insurance.
    • Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about switching to a less expensive medicine.
    • Ask your pharmacist or doctor about patient assistance programs to help with cost.
    • Ask your pharmacist or doctor about medicine coupons or vouchers to help with cost.
    • Go to the manufacturer’s website to look for patient assistance programs, coupons or vouchers.
  • Do you have trouble getting to the pharmacy to pick your medicine?

    I am having trouble getting to my pharmacy to pick up my medicine.  Here are some tips to help you:

    • Ask a family member, caregiver, or friend to pick up your medicine.
    • Ask your pharmacy about home delivery services.
    • Henry Ford can deliver your medicine to your home for free.

    Contact us at www.pharmacyadvantagerx.com or by phone (800) 456–2112


     
  • Do you think you may be taking too many medicines?

    I think I am taking too many medicines.  Here are some tips to help you:

    • Ask your doctor or pharmacist why you need each medicine.
    • Ask your pharmacist for ways to make your medicine easier to manage. 
    • Use a pill box to organize your medicine.
    • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how home health care might help you.
  • Are you unsure why you need medicine?

    I am not sure why I need this medicine.  Here are some tips to help you:

    • Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about why you need each medicine.
    • Ask your doctor to put the reason for the medicine on your prescription.
    • Ask for printed information about your condition.
    • Ask for printed information about your medicines.
    • Take a family member, friend or caregiver with you to your appointments to help you remember.
  • Do you have side effects to your medicine?

    I have side effects to my medicine.  Here are some tips to help you:

    • Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about your side effects.
    • Ask your doctor if there are other medicines available to treat your condition.
    • Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to manage your side effects.
  • Do you have trouble using your inhaler?

    I am having trouble using my inhaler.  Here are some tips to help you:

    • Ask your pharmacist to review your inhaler with you.
    • Ask your pharmacist or doctor if there is another inhaler that may be easier for you to use for your condition.
    • Look on the manufacturer website for directions.
    • If you have a nurse who comes to your home, ask them to help you.
    • Talk to your Henry Ford Pharmacist (877) 575-6337.
  • Do you prefer to speak a language other than English?

    I have a language, sight, or hearing barrier.  Here are some tips to help you:

    • Bring a family member, caregiver, or friend with you to your appointments.
    • Be sure your pharmacist and doctor know about your needs.  They can review each of your medicines to see if something might need to change.
    • Ask a family member, caregiver or friend to help you with your medicine and your pillbox at home.
    • Look for a pharmacy in your area that is able to have an interpreter speak in your language.
    • Talk to your Henry Ford Pharmacist at (877) 575-6337 to have an interpreter available to learn about your medicine.
  • Are you having trouble finding a pharmacy to obtain your specialty medicine?
    Contact Pharmacy Advantage www.pharmacyadvantagerx.com or by phone (800) 456–2112.

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