Managing medications

Know how to manage your medication will help you to understand your treatment and keep you healthier.

For the treatment of renal disease and associated complications you may need to take more than 10 medicines  Each medication is prescribed individually with the purpose to help you to control a given problem and improve your health.

Keep informed

It’s essential that you keep yourself informed about your disease and understand the function of all your medication. Before you start taking medication and whenever you have doubts  ask yourself

  • Why do I need to take this medication?
  • How many pills do I have to take?
  • How often do I have to take them?
  • Do I have to take it always exactly at the same time of the day?
  • Is there any food restriction?
  •  How should I keep them safe at home?
  • What should I do if I mistake one dose?
  • Which are the side effects it may cause?

All medications have side effects, with more or less frequency, you have to know how to deal with them, having into account the benefits the medication will bring to your health.

  • Medication name or dose;
  • Indication, i.e, what is the medication for;
  • Day time to take
  • Amount and schedule of each intake (ex. before bedtime, before each meal)
  • Allergies to medication, food or other products,
  • Additional information: Name, Address, Emmergnecy Contact e Blood Tyoe

Get Organized

It’s very important to keep an updated list of all your medication and food supplements with the following information:  

  • Medication name or dose;
  • Indication, i.e, what is the medication for;
  • Day time to take
  • Amount and schedule of each intake (ex. before bedtime, before each meal)
  • Allergies to medication, food or other products,
  • Additional information: Name, Address, Emmergnecy Contact e Blood Tyoe

You may find here a model to make your own therapeutical plan.

Follow your Therapeutical Plan

To make sure the treatment is effective you have to take the medication according to the prescription and follow the recommendations of your doctor, pharmacist, nurse and nutritionist.

Some recommendations:

  • Whenever you don’t feel well with the medication you are taking, tell you doctor,
  • Don’t stop taking medication unless it is by doctor recommendation,
  • Don’t let your medication run out. Always ask for the medical prescription one week before ending.
  • It’s important to make sure that you take your medication correctly, without forgetting any time. It’s easier to carry the medication you need using daily or weekly pill boxes. This way, you have already all your medication distributed by meal, and you can easily find out if you forgot any.
  • Do not to forget any intake, use written memos, or if you prefer use your cellphone alarm or apps that exist to that purpose.
  • When you are travelling take enough extra medication to be prepared to any unforeseen situation.

Ask your family and friends for help, in order not to fail the hardest schedules.