In addition to anticoagulation medication, which keeps your new heart valve free from blood clots, your doctor may prescribe a variety of heart medications to alleviate pain, prevent infection, regulate blood pressure or address any other conditions you may have. Here are some things to keep in mind to help you manage your medications.
- Keep a list of all of your medications with you and know how they work.
- Take all of your medications as scheduled and set a routine for taking them at the same time every day, even if you think you are feeling better. Never discontinue a medication without first speaking to your doctor.
- Do not decrease your drug dosage unless advised to do so by your doctor. You must take the prescribed amount of medication to get the full benefits.
- Talk to your doctor before taking any over-the-counter drugs or herbal therapies.
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Ask your doctor if you should skip it if you are close to your next scheduled dose.
- When traveling, keep your medications and copies of your prescriptions with you.
- Talk to your doctor before undergoing any medical or dental procedures. You may be prescribed an antibiotic prior to these procedures.
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