Oral prescription drugs keep a person healthy with type 2 diabetes.

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If medications are not managed well, optimal health goals will not be met.

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Type 2 diabetes is 24/7 self-care. It can be daunting when first managing oral medication and even worse with multiple prescriptions. But with reasonable thought, it is possible to start on the right foot forward.

Prescription drugs require a set daily schedule, and it is easy to forget doses. Maintaining records will allow a person with type 2 diabetes to become familiar with the brand and generic names, dose amounts, times, and dates. Some medications need to be taken on an empty stomach, whereas others require food to digest properly. Keep track of doses and appointments using a desk or smartphone calendar. Pill organizers, kitchen timers, alarm clocks, and smartphone apps are examples of reminders.

Forming a trusting relationship with a doctor and following their guidance and orders is an absolute requirement to help reach short and long-term health goals. Each person is evaluated individually and treated specifically for their health condition.

Using the same pharmacy for prescriptions refills and new orders is beneficial to a person with diabetes. Being acquainted with the pharmacy staff will make the individual more comfortable, making the pharmacy visits more pleasant and efficient. Do not feel at ease bringing a prescription or over-the-counter medication into the pharmacy or doctor to clarify questions. Family members or close friends will provide support. Involve family and close friends but go with your gut feeling if something does not sound right.

The internet is a gold mine of information, but there is a price to pay for believing everything you read. It is not advisable to purchase medicine on the internet claiming to cure. Mixing a prescription with alternative medicine is not a good idea without checking with your primary care physician.

Skipping doses or abruptly stopping a medication without notifying your primary care physician could be harmful to your body. Side effects may occur if not weaned off correctly. Breaking off pieces and sharing drugs with another person is not an option. It may be safe to cut medication in half but only per doctor orders. Expiration dates are in place for a reason. Products beyond the specified date may not fulfill their purpose.

Store all original drug containers in a cabinet away from hot temperatures, direct sun, and moisture and out of sight of visitors, children, and pets for safety reasons.

Keep a phone number file on family, neighbors, local taxi service, emergency (911), doctor, and pharmacy on the fridge and the car. Also, keep all numbers in the smartphone list of contacts.

Finally, have confidence in yourself and remember that this is just one of the first steps toward filling a new role. Have faith that many medical professionals will provide care and guidance for your health to be a success.

References:
American Association of Diabetes Educators, Cornell, S., Halstenson, C., & Miller, D. K. (2019). The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference (4th ed.). American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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