Medication Adherence – Impact on Individuals

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Health benefit professional Tom Harte discusses why medicine adherence is important to you. Effective ways to help people follow medical treatments can have larger effects on our nation’s health than any treatment itself. For the vast majority of health conditions, medications are the only thing that doctors have to help you feel better, so take yours as directed.

    Tom Harte: Hi! I'm Tom Harte; Board Member of the National Association of Health Underwriters and President of Landmark Benefits. Today I'm discussing why medicine adherence is important to you. Effective ways to help people follow medical treatments can have larger effects on our nation's health than any treatment itself.

    You can be proactive in your efforts to improve medication adherence. But cutting back on drug use before discussing it with your doctor can cause unwanted complications and can evenly to hospitalization or death. Having an open dialogue with your healthcare provider about your financial limitations can save you hundreds of dollars and out-of-pocket expenses. Talk to your physician about generic or over-the-counter medication alternatives.

    If you struggle with taking medication regularly, ask your doctor to simplify your regiment to a daily dose medication. If there are no alternatives try using pill boxes to organize daily doses and a cell phone alarm to remind you to take your medication. Keep a journal of when you take your medication, so you can accurately report back to your physician on your medication adherence.

    Contact your physician or pharmacist immediately. If you miss a dose or experience an adverse reaction to your medication, don't stop taking your medication until the course of treatment is fulfilled or a medical professional instructs you to do so. For a vast majority of health conditions, medications are the only thing that doctors can have to make you feel better. So take yours as directed. Staying healthy, that's a plan we can all live with.