Getting the Most from Your Heart Disease Medicine

Life with heart disease is more manageable with the support of a senior care professional.

If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, you know it is vital to take your heart disease medicine just as prescribed. But what exactly does that mean? Here are some tips from 24/7 Idaho Home Care which will help you get the most from your meds: 

  • Know which medicines you’re taking. Find out their brand and generic names and be sure you fully comprehend what each one does. Read the patient information so you’re informed about possible side effects.
  • Take your meds at the same time each day. When you work with 24/7 Idaho Home Care, your home care companion can remind you when it’s time to take your doses. Never stop or modify any medication without speaking to your doctor first.
  • Create a list of all your medications. Include the daily dosage for each one. Keep a copy at home and one in your purse or wallet. 
  • If you’re having a hard time covering the cost for your medications, ask your doctor for advice. Don’t skimp on doses to try to save money. This could harm your health. 
  • Check with your doctor before taking OTC meds or herbal remedies. Some could worsen heart issues. These include antihistamines (like Benadryl), antacids and NSAIDS (like Motrin or Advil). 
  • Refill your medications before running out of medicine. If you have trouble getting to the pharmacy, a caregiver can assist you in picking up the medication. 
  • Take your medications with you anytime you travel and continue to take them according to your normal schedule. If you’ll be away from home for an extended time, take an extra week’s supply. Keep a copy of your prescriptions with you in case you need a refill.  
  • Sometimes ACE inhibitors may make you cough. If you are coughing excessively and are not able to sleep or perform your daily activities, call your doctor. 
  • If you take diuretics (also referred to as water pills), you’ll probably have to go to the restroom more often. If you’re advised to take one dose of a diuretic each day, take it in the morning. If you take two doses, be sure to take the second dose by late afternoon to prevent extra trips to the restroom during the night. 
  • Be alert for indications of dehydration whenever taking diuretics. These might consist of extreme thirst, dry mouth, dark-colored urine or lower urine output, constipation and dizziness. If any of these symptoms occur, check with the doctor prior to making any modifications in medication or fluid intake. 

Professional caregivers from 24/7 Idaho Home Care can make life with heart disease more manageable. We can provide support with daily activities, prepare healthy meals, offer medication reminders and take you to doctors’ appointments and the pharmacy. Call us at (208) 524-3634 to learn more about our in-home senior care in Idaho Falls and surrounding areas.