• Manage Multiple Medications Safety

    Know What Medications You Take

    • Keep a complete list of your medicines, using My Medication List 
    • Include each drug’s strength, quantity, frequency and what you’re taking it for, as well as any over-the-counter medications, herbs, supplements or vitamins

    Review Your Medications

    • Review your medication list regularly with your doctor and pharmacist. Tell them whenever you start or stop taking any medicine, even if another doctor has told you to start or stop it
    • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication, including herbal supplements and over-the-counter drugs such as cold medicine
    • Try to use the same pharmacy to fill all of your prescriptions

    Take Your Medications Regularly

    • Use a seven-day pillbox to help you remember to take your medications regularly
    • Get your prescriptions refilled before you run out. Mark your calendar with the refill date and be sure to allow time for your pharmacy or mail-order service to process your order

    Manage Your Medications with Our Polypharmacy Program

    Sometimes chronic conditions are treated with several medications, including prescription, over-the-counter, dietary or herbal supplements. Taking multiple medications (called “polypharmacy”) can increase the risk of drug duplication, interactions, adverse side effects, and cost.

    Our Polypharmacy Program offers three great tools for members taking five or more chronic medications:

    • A brochure about multiple medication risks, the importance of knowing all your medication names, why you’re taking them and how you should be taking them
    • A handy My Medication List to keep track of all your medications
    • A brown paper bag for taking your medications to your doctor for a thorough medication review

    For More Information

    If you have any questions about this program, call the Customer Service number on the back of your ID card.

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