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MED ucate Yourself. A Patient’s Guide to Medication Adherence Created by: Jonathan Burns, Jennifer Clasgens , Judy Evans, Tazin Rahman , Sarah Schaefer, Emily Simons. Objectives. What medication is adherence and why is it important

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Med ucate yourself

MEDucate Yourself

A Patient’s Guide to

Medication Adherence

Created by: Jonathan Burns, Jennifer Clasgens, Judy Evans, TazinRahman, Sarah Schaefer, Emily Simons



  • What medication is adherence and why is it important

  • To address some common questions about taking medications

  • To give tips and suggestions for making it easier to take your medications

What is medication adherence

What is Medication Adherence?

  • Taking your medication every day, as prescribed

  • Getting your refills on time

  • Keeping doctor’s appointments to monitor progress and address concerns

Know your medications

Know Your Medications

  • “What is this medication for? I don’t feel sick!”

    • Many medications are used for their long-term health benefits

    • You may not feel different, but your doctor can tell you if they are working

Side effects

Side Effects

  • “I didn’t feel sick before, now this medication is making me feel horrible.”

    • Some side effects and reactions can be serious. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what you should be looking for.

    • Most side effects are temporary and will go away once your body gets used to the new medication.

Multiple medications

Multiple Medications

  • “I take so many! How can I possibly keep it all straight?”

    • Pill boxes: daily, weekly, monthly

    • Medication Log

    • Timers and/or alarms to help you remember

Easy access

Easy Access

  • “I can’t see the label or even open the bottle! I can’t even take it if I tried!”

    • Magnifying glasses or print outs

    • Easy open caps

Generic medications

Generic Medications

  • “Generic? Is it the same thing? I want it to work!”

    • They are carefully tested to make sure they work the same as the brand name

    • More companies can make them – they compete for the lowest price and can save you money

Medication expenses

Medication Expenses

  • “I can’t afford all these!”

  • Some medications are not available as a generic

    • Sample medications from doctor

    • Discount and voucher programs

    • Potentially switch insurance plans if not adequately covered

      • Pharmacists can help choose the right plan for you!

Information is key

Information is Key!

  • “I’ve never taken this before, what do I do?”

    • Your pharmacist can tell you important information in 5 minutes or less

    • We’re just a phone call away



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