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General Questions and Answers About Heart Failure Medicines
Question: How can I remember to take all of my pills at the right times each day?
Answer: It can be hard to remember when to take your pills. The following tips can help you:
- Get a pillbox labeled with the days of the week and times of day. Fill the box at beginning of the week.
Ask a family member or visiting nurse to help you fill the box if needed.
- Make a list with the names of your medicines, the dosages, the times, and other instructions on how to take them.
Put the list on the refrigerator or other place where you will easily see it every day. You can also carry a copy with you.
You can print a chart for tracking your medications here.
- Keep a chart of when you are supposed to take your medicines. Mark the chart after you take your pills.
- When you are at home, use a kitchen timer to help you to remember the times to take your medicines. You can also use a watch with a timer.
- Ask family members or friends who live with you or near you to remind you to take your medicines if that will help you.
- Take your medicines with you when you leave home, so you can take them on time.
- Be sure to take several days worth of medicines with you, if you are going to be away from home for a few days.
Pack your medicines in your carry-on bags. Do not put them in your checked luggage on an airplane.
- Reorder your prescriptions ahead of time so that you never run out of medicines.
Question: Do I need to take my heart failure medicines even if I feel well, am breathing easily, and do not have swelling?
Answer: Yes. Take your medicines all of the time to stay healthy. Remember that some of these medicines block the production or action of stress hormones (substances that make heart failure worse). So even if you are feeling well, breathing easily and do not have swelling, your body needs the medicines.