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It’s not always easy to take your medications on time. Life sometimes gets in the way of the best-laid plans and you look at your pillbox and realize you’re several doses behind. Taking your medicine as prescribed, otherwise known as medication adherence, is important for controlling chronic conditions, treating temporary conditions, and your overall long-term health and well-being.
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If you’re having trouble taking your medications when you’re supposed to, figure out why. Here are a few of the common reasons:
Not taking your medications as prescribed is not a good idea. You put yourself at risk and you miss the benefits of your medication.
What to do Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico started the Pharmacists Adding Value and Expertise® (PAVE®) program to help our members with medication education. Local pharmacists may engage with members to help them understand and manage their disease state. The pharmacist works with each individual member to develop a customized solution. In addition to this education, this may include setting reminders on phones or using pillboxes to help organize medications and improve adherence.
What else can you do?
Your medications play a vital role in keeping you healthy. If you’re having a problem, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. And remember the three medication rights:
Check out Living365® for resources to manage your conditions and convenient access to local pharmacists and dietitians.
Source: Why You Need to Take Your Medications as Prescribed or Instructed , FDA
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