“I don't like dealing with side effects.”
Taking medication responsibly means being aware of possible side effects and interactions, as well as the proper way to take the medication. If you take more than one medication, that challenge becomes greater. A key to tackling that challenge can be to keep a medication schedule, such as the one on this page.
People with diabetes typically take several medications for related conditions, such as high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol. And sometimes people with diabetes have unrelated conditions that they must take medication for. Whatever the case, taking your medications exactly as they're prescribed is important.
If you're having problems with side effects or drug interactions (with food, drink, or other medications), talk with your doctor. Don't stop taking a medication unless he or she instructs you to, and follow your doctor's instructions on how to stop taking the medication.
Here are a couple more tips for handling potential drug interactions:
- Understand your medications. Learn what each one is for, what its known side effects and interactions are, and how it is to be used.
- Review your list of medications with your doctor. Update as needed.