Medication Refill: Care Instructions

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Your Care Instructions

Medicines are a big part of treatment for many health problems. So it can be upsetting to run out of your medicine. It may even be dangerous to stop a medicine suddenly. The doctor may have given you enough medicine to help you until you can see your regular doctor.

The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Be safe with medicines. Take your medicines exactly as prescribed.
  • Know when you will run out of your medicine. Use a calendar to remind you to get a refill. Don't wait until you have only a few pills left.
  • Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about your medicine. Find out what to do if you miss a dose.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have problems with your medicine.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.

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