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The
Health Chronicle
newsletter is part of HAP’s overall program to help members improve their health by ofering practical suggestions
for living with chronic conditions. To provide suggestions on improving our programs, call HAP’s Disease Management Program toll-free
at
(800) 288-2902.
The information in this publication does not change or replace the information in your HAP Subscriber Contract,
Group Health Insurance Policy, Riders or Handbooks and does not necessarily refect the policies or opinions of HAP, its ofcers or board
of directors. The information is for general educational purposes and is not a substitution for the advice of your doctor. You should
consult your HAP personal care physician for your health care needs. HAP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national
origin, age, religion, sex or mental or physical disability in its employment practices or in the provision of health care services.
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way. Make sure you understand directions
before leaving your doctor’s ofce. Don’t be
shy about asking questions if something is
unclear. You can also repeat instructions back
to your doctor to make sure you have them
right. If directions on the medication label
are confusing, ask your pharmacist or a
Nurse Health Coach to explain them.
Roadblock: Side Efects
How to move past it:
You may want to quit
taking a medication because you think it’s
not working or it made you feel worse. If that
happens to you, don’t quit taking your
medication until you talk with your doctor.
Explain your symptoms. Your doctor might be
able to adjust your treatment plan or suggest
a new medication that may work well
without side efects.
Q:
How can I follow my medication
instructions better?
A:
You’re not alone if you’re struggling to
follow your medication instructions. It’s a
problem for many people – even those
without health conditions. A study from the
New England Journal of Medicine
suggests
common reasons why we have trouble. You’d
be surprised how simple some are to avoid.
Roadblock: Can’t Remember
How to move past it:
Try out diferent tools
to help you remember when to take your
medication. One high-tech option is to use
your computer to send yourself an e-mail
reminder. Or set your cell phone alarm to go
of when it’s time to take your medication.
Reminder notes also work. Post reminders in
your calendar or on the fridge or bathroom
mirror. A simple plastic pillbox, flled with
the week’s medications, can also help you
keep track of doses.
Roadblock: Confusing Directions
How to move past it:
Medication directions
are sometimes hard to understand. If you’re
confused about any instruction, you could
end up taking your medication the wrong
Ask a Nurse Health Coach
Use HAP’s home-delivery pharmacy
service to have important prescriptions
delivered to your front door by Pharmacy
Advantage. To enroll or learn more, log in
at
hap.org
and click on the
My
Prescription Coverage
tab. Then select
Home-Delivery Pharmacy Service
from
the list on the right.