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Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure

Understanding and Managing CHRONIC HEART FAILURE No matter what medications you’re prescribed, it’s important that you take them exactly as directed. Medications can’t help you if they aren’t taken according to instructions. That means taking the proper dose at the right time of day, with or without food (as directed) and with water or whatever beverage is specified. Follow the instructions and warnings on the bottle to the letter. If you have any questions about taking your medications, or experience any side effects, talk with your doctor. A different dose or different medication altogether may be the best approach if there are side effects that are hard to tolerate. My Medication List Use this chart to keep track of all your medications. Any time your healthcare provider prescribes a medication, tells you to stop one, or changes a dosage, record the change here. Share this list with any new healthcare provider you visit. Keep a copy in your wallet or purse. How Often to Take Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure Purpose Notes/Date List all over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and supplements you take: 1 © 2014 Mended Hearts and StayWell. All rights reserved. Generic Name Brand Name (if any) Strength (dose) Quantity per Dose My Medication List Download/print this PDF Also, be aware that you should ask your doctor before taking any medications or herbal supplements other than what your doctor has prescribed. Some of these may make your chronic heart failure worse. These can include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn). 12


Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure
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