According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70% of the population takes at least one prescription medication. Couple that with the fact that about 57% of major claims in drug ads were potentially misleading and 10% were outright false, it is more important now than ever for patients to take some responsibility in monitoring and researching their medications.
Here are some steps you can take improve your scrutiny of your medicine regimen:
• Talk with your provider. Ask questions about why you are taking the drug and ask what are the alternatives.
• Research your meds on your own. Look for unbiased results and research as to the effect and efficacy of your medications.
• Track all of your medications. Keep a log of what you take, the types of side effects you experience and the amount you take. Share this information with your provider on your next visit.
By taking these few steps, you’ll increase the safety of your drug regimen and help your provider in treating your chronic and acute conditions.