When It Comes to Your Treatment, Consistency Counts
Tips for staying consistent with your
medication treatment plan:
- Understand how you should take your medication.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
- If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
- Do not take a double dose.
- If you are unsure about what to do, call your doctor or pharmacist.
- Bring your medication to follow-up visits.
Take your medication consistently as prescribed. The following tips will help you remember:
- Set up a daily reminder to help you take your medication consistently. A cell phone alarm is a convenient option.
- Use a 7-day pillbox to easily keep track of your doses.
- Link taking your medication with something you do every day, such as brushing your teeth or eating a meal.
- Be sure to check your pills at the pharmacy for size, shape, and color.
- If you still have questions, you should call your doctor.
A Consistent Treatment Plan Requires Communication
It's important for you to remain consistent to the treatment plan your doctor prescribed, but it's not just your responsibility. Everyone involved (you, your doctor, his or her office staff, and your pharmacist) should maintain clear communication about the consistency of your medication.
Have your physician explain the reasons why they chose a Depakote product as part of your treatment plan.
If the pharmacist asks if you would like to substitute your brand prescription, first have them call your doctor to make sure it fits into your treatment plan.
Know that you have the right to choose either generic or brand medications. Discuss with your doctor what options are appropriate for you. Be sure that the bottle label designates exactly what was prescribed, such as Depakote or Depakote ER, and the manufacturer, such as AbbVie.