You will be prescribed a variety of medications to manage your illness. Every patient’s situation is different, so we can’t possibly discuss specific expectations for each medication. The following, though, are general suggestions to help you manage the mountain of medications you may be on:
- Follow the regimen prescribed by your doctor. Some drugs are time-sensitive, and following the regimen precisely will help manage side effects, like nausea, more effectively.
- Group like medications in separate plastic containers and/ or set up a weekly pillbox. Keep them in a secure place so that they do not fall into the wrong hands.
- Post your medication schedule on the fridge or other prominent spot so that home care givers, including friends and family, know your regimen and can help if necessary.
- Keep a journal of your side effects and bring it to your oncology appointments so that your doctor can adjust or change medications as needed.
- Acid reflux and body aches are common side effects of treatment. Talk to your care team about over the counter medication to relieve them.
- You may be required to continue on medications for some years after more formal treatment is complete. It is essential that you follow this regimen to provide yourself the best outcome possible.
- Once you have completed treatment, dispose of left over medication responsibly. Check with your pharmacy or local community government about take-back programs. You want to ensure that your medications don’t end up in the wrong hands or damage the environment (no flushing down the toilet!).