Don’t Forget Your Medications
It is estimated that three out of four Americans do not take their medications as prescribed. This results in unnecessary emergency department visits and hospitalizations. Taking medications incorrectly results in approximately 125,000 deaths and nearly $300 billion in additional health care costs annually in the United States. It can cause irreversible damage to your health and effect your quality of life today and in the future.
There are several reasons heart disease (beta blockers), cholesterol (statins), high blood pressure or diabetes medications may not be taken as prescribed.
- Forgetting to take medication
- Patient not sure medication is working
- Concerns over side effects of medication
- Difficulty taking medication
Medications such as beta blockers are used in patients after a heart attack to preserve heart function and decrease risk of another heart attack. Understanding the benefits of taking your medications correctly can empower you in effectively managing your health care.
It’s important to understand why your personal doctor has prescribed a medication. When in doubt, ask questions. Whether a medication is being used to treat an illness, treat symptoms or to interrupt the risk to develop a secondary illness, understanding why and how a medication is improving your health is key.
If you forget to take a medication, the utilization of a pill caddy or pill box may be a simple solution. There are numerous approaches to assist in remembering to take medications. A pharmacist is an excellent resource if you have questions about medications. Network Health has several pharmacists on staff that utilize their expertise in assisting our members to understand and afford their medications. Contact a Network Health pharmacist at 800-826-0940 or email PharmacyBenefits@networkhealth.com for more information.