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Chapter 5: Taking Medication Managing Your Medications Taking daily medications may seem like a big step. But medications work best when you take them as prescribed. Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions or concerns about how to take your medications. Be Aware of Drug Interactions Vitamins, herbal supplements, and some prescription and over-thecounter drugs can interfere with other prescribed medications. Be sure to tell your health care provider about all the medications you’re taking. This includes remedies for headaches, allergies, colds, and even constipation. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist if there are any medications you need to avoid. Always read the warning labels and directions on everything you take. Show your medication list to the pharmacist every time you get a new medication or if you change pharmacies. 44 Stick to a Routine Taking glucose-lowering medications as directed by your health care provider will help control your blood glucose. Like a meal routine, a medication routine can help you stay in your target range. Use a daily schedule to keep you on track. If you are having trouble, ask a family member or friend to help. And be sure to ask your health care provider or pharmacist what to do if you miss a dose.


Living Well with Diabetes
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