Taking Your Medicine: A Guide to Medication Regimens and Compliance for Patients and Caregivers

Taking Your Medicine: A Guide to Medication Regimens and Compliance for Patients and Caregivers

by Jack Fincham


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Forgetting to take scheduled doses of prescribed medications can cost you time, money, and future health care problems. But remembering what to take-and when to take it-can be difficult when you have so many important things to deal with on an everyday basis. Taking Your Medicine: A Guide to Medication Regimens and Compliance for Patients and Caregivers is a practical guide to the process of taking medications, presenting helpful tips and simple ideas for patients, family members, and health care providers. Author Jack E. Fincham, named by Drug Topics magazine as one of the 50 most influential pharmacists in the United States, offers effective strategies that help patients help themselves by taking an active role in treatment decisions, following treatment plans, and getting involved when problems arise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789028594
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Pages: 179
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Why Drugs Are Prescribed3
Types of Drugs4
The Prescription and What it Means7
Your Rights Concerning Pharmacists and Physicians12
What You Need to Know About Your Prescriptions13
Chapter 2Why Compliance with Medications Is Important15
Why Compliance Matters18
Risks versus Benefits21
Is 100 Percent Compliance Always Necessary?22
Chapter 3How to Choose a Pharmacist27
Professionalism and Accessibility27
Knowledge and Reputation29
Honesty and Ethical Behavior30
When You Cannot Choose Your Pharmacy42
Other Services42
Chapter 4What the Doctor or Pharmacist Needs to Know About Your Health45
Medical Conditions45
Other Doctors Seen46
Other Pharmacies Used47
Drugs Taken47
Other Considerations56
Chapter 5Dangerous Drug Interactions65
General Drug-Drug Interactions66
Specific Drug-Drug Interactions68
Drug-OTC Drug Interactions78
Drug-Herbal Product Interactions82
Social Drug Effects on Medications87
Drug-Nutrient Interactions92
Minimizing the Potential for Drug Interactions96
Chapter 6New Regulations That Impact Health Information You Receive99
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 199699
Information Technology and Confidentiality101
Chapter 7Tools or Devices to Aid Compliance103
Factors Affecting Compliance103
Specific Ways to Improve Your Compliance107
Getting into the Habit of Complying113
Other Considerations115
Chapter 8When You Should Not Be Compliant119
Intelligent Noncompliance119
Adverse Drug Effects or Side Effects120
Lack of Therapeutic Effects121
Drug-Free Improvement123
Knowing When You Should or Should Not Comply123
Chapter 9Specific Directions for Taking Your Medications125
To Be Taken with Food125
Take on an Empty Stomach126
Avoid Certain Foods or Drinks127
Unique Dosing Requirements for Some Drugs128
What to Do if You Forget a Dose128
Chapter 10Other Considerations When Taking Medications131
Ointments and Creams133
Transdermal Patches134
Eye Drops136
Specialty Dosage Forms137
Sharing or Splitting Medications139
Outdated Drugs141
Off-Label Uses of Drugs141
How to Dispose of Unnecessary Medications142
Chapter 11How to Help an Aging Parent with Medications145
The Elderly and Noncompliance145
Drugs the Elderly Should Not Take146
Chapter 12Summary and Conclusions153
Double Checking153
Your Physician and You154
Skipping Doses to Save Money154
Medication Assistance Programs155
Help for the Noncompliant156
AppendixWeb Site Resources159

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