Managing medicines

Managing Heart Failure medicines

Are you taking Heart Failure (HF) medicine? You may be taking medicine for other conditions, too—maybe several different pills a day, each prescribed by a different doctor. Be sure you know what each medicine is prescribed to treat (not always as simple as it sounds).

Different people have different reactions to medicines

It’s important to keep the following in mind:

  • Some medicines may cause side effects. If you’re having side effects, or symptoms you can’t explain, get in touch with your doctor—especially if you’ve recently started taking something new

  • When you take a number of medicines, there’s a chance some of them may interact with others. Make sure your doctors know about every medicine you’re taking, as well as any allergies you may have

It’s very important to have good relationships with the doctors and nurses. Ask the doctor if you have questions about medicines. Remember, only the doctor can adjust doses or tell you to stop taking a certain pill. Never try to do that yourself.

Make a list of all your medicines

managing heart failure medicines

Here’s a form for you to write down the details of each medicine you take. Have someone close to you—or your pharmacist—check the list to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

  1. Prescription medicines

  2. Over-the-counter medicines

  3. Nutrition supplements and vitamins

Share this list with everyone on your health care team. Be sure to update it any time you get a new prescription or stop taking an old one.


managing heart failure medicines

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