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Taking your medicine as prescribed – known as medication adherence – is important. It helps control chronic health issues, treat temporary health problems, and stay well.
If you’re having trouble taking your medications as directed, figure out why. A few common reasons derail many folks. For example, you may be:
It is not a good idea to take your medication differently than prescribed. You could put yourself at risk, and you miss the benefits of your medication.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois created the Pharmacists Adding Value and Expertise® (PAVE®) program to help our members with medication education. Local pharmacists engage with members to help them understand and manage their disease state. The pharmacist works one-on-one with a member to come up with a tailored plan that’s right for them. In addition to education, help may include setting reminders on phones or using pillboxes to help organize medications and improve adherence.
What else can you do to improve your adherence?
Your medications play a vital role in keeping you healthy. If you’re having a problem, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Try to remember these three medication rights:
Check out Living365® for resources to manage your health and convenient access to local pharmacists and dietitians.
Originally published 5/10/2019; Revised 2020; 2021
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