2. Write on your calendar when to call for refills. Poor planning on your part is not an emergency on theirs.
3. Don’t assume what you take is “good enough”. Be aware of research and new drugs for your condition and explore those options.
4. Know the side effects and discuss the risks:benefits with your support team. Ultimately, it’s your body and you get to decide what is an acceptable risk.
5. More than three medications is when it gets hard to know synergistic effects. You might have no choice, but be assertive and aware if your doctors try to keep piling on more prescriptions.
6. Carry extra pills with you in case you are unexpectedly detained or delayed.
7. If you are on a medication that is unsafe to quit cold-turkey, squirrel at least three days worth away so that you have a safety net of time to negotiate with insurance, doctor, or pharmacy. I’ve seen this happen A LOT more than you’d think, and patients suffer because of it.
8. Know the names of your medicines and why you take them. If you can’t remember, carry a list in your wallet.
9. When trying a new medicine, only get two weeks worth filled. If it doesn’t work out, you don’t waste money and medicine.
10. If you have a clinic in your area that accepts medication donations, consider donating unused pills to them.
11. You can recycle your used medication bottles here. (Just remove the labels first and give ‘em a wash.)
12. Often, animal shelters and vets will take used bottles. You can also use them to make portable condiments (like salt!) or store beads/nails/seeds/etc. Pinterest has craft uses for them, including mini survival or first aid kits.
Do you have any tips or tricks to share?