Diabetic medication is just one of the products a person with Type 2 diabetes uses to control their condition. While eating healthy foods and maintaining stable blood sugar levels in the “normal” range is essential, taking precautions with your prescription medication is also critical. That’s why knowing how to properly manage your medication is important.
1. Know what you are taking. When your doctor prescribes a specification medication for you, be sure to ask questions about:
what the medication is,
why you need to take it,
how you are supposed to take it, and
find out what you can reasonably expect from it.
If you think of a question after you leave your doctor’s room, which is common, be sure to call, leave a message and have your question answered. Alternatively, ask the pharmacist at the drugstore that makes up your prescription. Medications also come with printed information concerning the drug. Keep it and read it thoroughly.
2. Have a dispensary plan in place. When adding something new to our routine, research shows it takes an average of 18 times of doing a task before it becomes ingrained in us. If you need help developing a routine for your pill taking, try using one of those pill containers with the days of the week printed on its lid. You can get a portable version for taking with you when on the go, and one for use in your home.
3. Use as directed. Medication is prescribed to be taken in a specific manner at specific times. Make sure you adhere to this schedule. If you find you have missed a dosage, NEVER take it upon yourself to make it up. Always contact your doctor first and get instructions on the most effective steps to take.
4. Be on the lookout. Anytime you start a new medication or increase the dosage or frequency of an existing one, you risk developing a reaction. The best case scenario is to make sure someone is with you the first time you change your medication. If you will be alone, have a friend check on you periodically after you have taken it… just to be sure.
5. Keep it safe. Medication has to be stored under certain conditions to ensure its safety and for it to retain its potency. If the label says to refrigerate the medication, you must ensure it remains refrigerated. Most medications will state they cannot be stored above a certain temperature. This is important to remember if you have a habit of keeping your medication in your car while you are out and about.
Another tip is to check you medications when you pick them up from the drugstore. Drugstores occasionally make mistakes when dispensing prescriptions… errors can occur with dosages as well as with frequency in administering medications. Check your medications when you pick them up. Do what you can to ensure you are taking the correct medication in the correct amounts.
The doctor who treats your diabetes will help you assess the risks and benefits of medications in your treatment. Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. With the addition of a healthy diet and exercise, it is possible to take control of the disease and take back your health.
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.