Here are four important actions you need to take to make sure you use your medicines safely.
- Always follow the instructions from your doctor and pharmacist exactly. Also, follow instructions on the medicine's label.
- Ask your pharmacist for a computer printout that tells about your medicine.
- Learn how your heart medicines and other medicines you take may interfere with each other.
- Tell your doctor if you have any side effects.
To get the most benefit from your medicines, use them safely and correctly. According to the American Heart Association, 9 out of 10 people with chronic diseases like CHD fail to take their prescription medicines in the right way. Two out of three people fail to take any or all of their medicine.
Your medicines can help, but only if you take them all and use them the right way. Use the suggestions listed on the following pages. They'll help you to be sure that you get the benefits your doctor expects you to get from your medicines.