Tips for Medication Adherence

Tips for Medication Adherence


“There’s a new health problem in America that results in nearly 125,000 deaths annually and costs the healthcare system an estimated $100-$189 billion a year, and it’s 100% preventable. What is it? Medication Non-Adherence. Medication Non-Adherence occurs when a patient forgets to fill a medication, take the medication at an incorrect time, take the wrong dose of a medication, or completely discontinues a medication without his or her provider’s knowledge. Medication Adherence on the other hand means that a patient takes their medications exactly as prescribed. This is extremely important. Medications do not work if they are not taken as directed. Here are some simple steps you can take to help improve your Medication Adherence: don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your medications, ask questions so that you can better understand why you are taking the medication and if there are any side effects to expect. If cost is a problem, your doctor or pharmacist may also assist in finding alternative medications that may be less expensive. If you have trouble remembering to take your medications, a weekly pill planner filled with your medication doses for each day of the week can help. It may also be helpful to set an alarm to remind you to take your medications. Talk to your pharmacy about automatic refills, refill reminders, or medication synchronization, which allows you to refill your medicines on the same day. Find out if your insurance offers a mail order pharmacy benefit so medications can be delivered conveniently to your home. Ask your doctor to prescribe a 90-day supply of your medications instead of a 30-day supply. This will help minimize your trips to the pharmacy. So what are you waiting for? Try out some of these tips to improve your Medication Adherence today. For questions, call Vantage Medication Adherence Program / Medication Therapy Management Department at (318) 998-3907 or toll-free at 1-844-657-7825 Monday through Friday 9a.m. – 5p.m.”

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