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What do I need to keep track of to manage my headaches?

        Health | Headache

To manage your headaches, you need to keep track of your symptoms, your triggers, and your medications.

Why do I need to keep track of my medications and how can I do it?

Here are five easy ways to keep track of your medications:

  • Put pills in labeled, sectioned pillboxes so you can take the right pill at the right time on the right day.
  • Keep pills you take every day close to something you use daily, such as your toothbrush or your car keys.
  • Set the alarm on your watch to remind you to take your medications.
  • Start a medication log on your calendar, in a small notebook, or even on your computer, and check off each time you take your medication.
  • Ask your pharmacist about refill-reminder programs.

Keeping track of your medications helps ensure you always know the answers to the following questions:

  • Are you taking your medications the way you were told to take them? Not taking them as directed can actually make your condition worse.
  • What effect do your medications have on your symptoms? You may not be taking them for the right symptoms. Or they may not be working the way you and your doctor expected them to work. In either case, you need to talk with your doctor to make sure you're taking the right medications for your symptoms.
  • What side effects do you notice from the medications you take? Side effects can interfere with your willingness to take the medications, so they shouldn't be ignored. Some side effects can even be dangerous, especially if you ignore them. Your doctor has options that can help relieve your side effects. But you need to be able to tell your doctor what the side effects are.
  • How well do you think your treatment plan is working for you? Your medications are a big part of your treatment plan. If you're having trouble taking them as you should, or if they aren't doing what you expect, you need to talk about it with your doctor.

To help you keep track of your medications, create your own medication record. Then you can take your record with you when you see your doctor. It will help you talk with your doctor about the things you need to discuss.