What You Need to Know About Managing Your Medications
Taking your medicine every day can be hard—and missing a dose happens to everyone. It’s important to take drugs used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol as prescribed and to keep up with your refills. If you struggle with managing your medications, you have options, from having your medicines delivered to you at home to programs tailored to help people who take multiple medications for ongoing health conditions.
Talk to Your Doctor and Pharmacist About Your Medications
It’s important to make sure your primary care doctor and pharmacist know about all of the medications you are taking, even those prescribed by specialists and any over-the-counter medications or supplements you take. Certain medications, vitamins and over-the-counter drugs can interact with each other. These interactions can make your medicines less effective or even cause side effects.
Your doctor or pharmacist can help make sure all the medications you take are safe and work well for you. They can also help you manage any side effects and possibly find cheaper generics.
Getting Help Managing Your Medications
If you have a hard time remembering to take your medicine, you’re not alone! Here are five things you can try that might help you remember to take your meds on time:
- Pick a specific time of day to take your medicine or set an alarm to help remind you.
- Post a note in a place where you’re sure to see it —like on the fridge or your bathroom mirror.
- Order refills at least a week before your medicine runs out. If you use a local pharmacy, they may be able to automatically refill your prescription when you’re due for a refill. Or, ask if they can give you a reminder call when your refill is ready.
- Use a pill organizer to make sure you take your medications every day.
- Order a 90-day supply of your medications so you don’t have to worry about getting refills every month.
To have a 90-day supply of your medications mailed to you at no additional cost, call AllianceRx Walgreens Prime at 1-888-211-9028. They’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can also try our newest preferred pharmacy partner, PillPack. PillPack is a full-service online pharmacy that sorts your medications by the dose and delivers them to your door. They make sure you always have the right medication at the right time —at no extra cost to you. Get a 30-day supply of your medications at your normal copay/coinsurance amount.
Each month they deliver:
- Your medication, including vitamins and over-the-counter medicine, sorted by the dose.
- Your medications are packaged into easy-to-open packets that fit into a discreet dispenser.
- Other common pharmacy items, like testing supplies, inhalers and creams.
Medication Therapy Management
Depending on what conditions you have and what medications you take, you may also be eligible to participate in our Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program.
If you qualify for the MTM program, you’ll get to work one-on-one with a pharmacist who will review your medications with you and help with any issues you are having.
Making an Appointment With Your Doctor or Pharmacist
If you haven’t had your Annual Wellness Visit yet this year, this is a great time to talk to your doctor about your medications and any issues you are having. If you have had your visit, call your doctor’s office and ask for help. Also, make sure to ask your pharmacist any questions you have when you pick up your medications.
We are here to help, too. Here’s what we can do for you:
- We can help you find a primary care doctor if you don’t have one. If you are a BlueMedicare HMO member, you must have a primary care doctor to coordinate your care. You don’t have to have one if you are in PPO plan. But having a primary care doctor can help you coordinate your care and look at the total picture of your health. It’s especially important if you see multiple specialists. Your primary care doctor will be the one person who has an eye on everything to do with your health.
- We can also help you schedule any appointments you need during a 3-way call.
- If you have trouble leaving the house, we can send care to you. Florida Blue works with vendors who provide in-home assessments at no cost to you.
If you have a caregiver who helps you with your health, make sure to share this information with them.
If you are a caregiver for one of our Medicare members, give us a call. Let us help you help the person you care for.
We’re always focused on you. We hope these tools help empower you as you continue to provide care to a loved one.
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