Your Rexall Pharmacist Can Help Make Managing Your Medication Easier
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January marks the beginning of a new year and a chance for a fresh start to focus on making positive changes for the year ahead. From losing weight, to quitting smoking, to making healthier choices, the start of the new year has long been known as the official start date for making and renewing personal commitments. With the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, it’s easy to overlook sticking to your medication routine.
It’s important to stay on top of when and how to take your medications. Did you know that 50% of Canadians do not take their medications exactly as prescribed?1 Missing a dose or two of your medications might not seem like a big deal, but it can prevent you from feeling and being healthy.
It can be difficult to stay on top of your medications for several reasons including:
- The side effects might be unpleasant or too difficult to manage.
- You may feel like your medications are not working.
- You may have difficulty taking your medications, particularly with large tablets or devices like inhalers.
- You may simply forget, especially when taking multiple medications throughout the day.
Here are some simple tips to keep you from missing your medications:
- Link your dose with a daily activity, like eating a meal or brushing your teeth before bed.
- Organizing your medication with a pill dispenser can help make it easier to keep track of them, especially if you are taking multiple medications.
- If you are concerned about any side-effects you may be experiencing, speak with your Rexall Pharmacist. Your Pharmacist can work with you and your health care team to manage the side effects, adjust the dosage or find another medication, if available, that is more suitable for you.
- Don’t stop taking your medications, even if you think you don’t need them anymore – it’s important to remember that your doctor believes that the medication you’re taking is the best treatment for you. If you have any concerns with your medication, speak with your Rexall Pharmacist and physician before stopping your medication.
The start of the new year is a great time to get back on track with your medication routine so that you can get the most out of your medications. We understand that there can be many barriers to ensuring you stay on top of your medication therapy. The good news is that managing your medications can be made simpler by speaking with your Rexall Pharmacist. Rexall offers several helpful Medication Management tools, that can be customized and combined to best suit your needs:
Rexall Reminder– Sign up for Rexall Reminder and get a notification via email, text message or phone call as soon as your prescription is ready for pick up.
Auto Refill – Take refills off your to-do list. When you sign up for Auto Refill, your Rexall Pharmacy will automatically remember to refill your prescriptions, hassle free, so you don’t have to.
Med Organizer – Med organizer has all your medications in 7-day blister packs, and conveniently sorts your medication by date and time.
Medication Review – A one-on-one sit down with your Rexall Pharmacist to review your medications and health goals.
Medication Dashboard – A visual representation of how you are taking your medication(s) versus how it was prescribed. This helps identify if you need any support from the pharmacist to make taking your medications easier.
This January let’s make managing your medication easier with helpful medication management tools provided by your Rexall Pharmacist. Kick start the new year with a new outlook – a new commitment to being, doing and feeling your best, every day.
Speak with your Rexall Pharmacist on how to get the most out of your medication. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!
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1Coambs RB et al. Health Promotion Research. Review of the Scientific Literature on the Prevalence, Consequences and Health Costs of Noncompliance & Inappropriate Use of Prescription Medication in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 1995