Managing Medications & Treatment Plans
Having to manage your medications or treatment plan may feel a bit overwhelming. Remember - you're not alone. Your doctor, nurse and pharmacist are all great resources if you have concerns or questions.
Ways to get started:
- Learn more about your medications, treatment plan or the equipment & supplies you use by asking lots of questions at clinic appointments. Ensuring you know what you need, what you should do, and why it is important will help you stay on track.
- Visit MedlinePlus to get reliable information about your medications.
- Learn the names of your medications, how much you take, and how they help you. (Alternatively, you could list the names of your medications, dosage and how often you take them in the notes section of your phone.)
- Establish a routine related to your treatment plan or medication(s). Doing something consistently and regularly will help you remember.
- Use the alarm on your cell phone as a reminder so you are not relying on your parents or caregivers to remind you.
- Keep track of your medication by using Medication Tracking Tools.
- Know how to fill or refill a prescription. Ask a parent or caregiver to show you how and then try it on your own.
- Ask your pharmacist for a list of the medications you take, write the name of your health condition on it and always carry it with you.
- Use the notes section of your cell phone to keep track of your equipment and supplies, and any important ordering instructions.
- Review your current health insurance to ensure you have coverage for any medication, equipment and supplies you need after you turn 18. The Health Insurance page on this website offers more information about this.
Medications, Alcohol and Street Drugs
It is important to know that prescription medications can react with other medications, alcohol, or street drugs. For more information go to drugcocktails.ca.
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have any concerns or questions about your medications.