What should I know about taking medication for my chronic condition?
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If you're taking a prescription medication for a chronic condition, find out why it's a good idea to follow your doctor's instructions.
It’s important to take every medication as your doctor prescribes. It’s even more important if you suffer from a chronic condition, like high blood pressure or diabetes. When you take your medications on schedule, your doctor can manage your treatment better. And you can avoid serious health complications.
Here's some information about common chronic conditions and why it's important to take your medication as directed.
- Diabetes: Learn about common medications and their side effects in Understanding your diabetes medication (PDF). Then read How do you manage your diabetes one day at a time? (PDF) to find out how to control your blood sugar.
- High Blood Pressure: Our How do you manage your high blood pressure one day at a time? (PDF) will tell you about how the condition can affect you and the medications to treat it.
- High Cholesterol: Read How do you manage your cholesterol levels? (PDF) to learn about how to keep cholesterol in check and the medications used to control it. If your statins are causing you muscle pain, read How to deal with side effects from statins (PDF) to learn what options are available to you.