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Heart Health

06 January 2009

Taking medication

Medication is an essential part of the heart patient’s life, but can be dangerous as well. Here's what you need to know.

Medication is an essential part of the heart patient’s life, but can be dangerous as well.

  • Always inform a new doctor, dentist or pharmacist about your condition and present medication.
  • Other medication should only be added to your current treatment programme after consulting your doctor or cardiologist.
  • In most cases, medication is prescribed for life-long use. Do not interrupt or stop the use of medicine without consulting your doctor.
  • Medication should usually be taken with a glass of water after mealtime. Check the prescription before use.
  • Regular intake of medication is necessary. Don't skip medication. Use it at the same time every day.
  • Read the pamphlet accompanying the medication to check for possible side effects. Consult your doctor if you experience any of these.
  • Do not increase or decrease your dosage without consulting your doctor.
  • Ensure that medication is replenished regularly.
  • Don’t go on a holiday trip without stocking up on your medication. Pharmacies are not always at hand and it is difficult to get a prescription drug without the prescription.

 

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