Forgot to take a pill'or two? Missed your injection appointment? You're not alone! According to a study published in the journal Pain Practice, around 70% of patients prescribed medications to stave off their migraines stopped taking them six months later. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you're having trouble following your treatment plan. Then, try these tips for staying on track:
" Forgetful? Remind yourself'every way you can! Put sticky notes on your fridge or bathroom mirror. Set an alarm on your watch or phone. Ask your kids to remind you. And if you've been prescribed injections, jot down your appointments in all of your calendars.
" Hate the side effects? Speak up! Whether it's weight gain, drowsiness or dry mouth, tell your healthcare provider. The answer may be as simple as adjusting your dose or the time you take the med, says Roger K. Cady, MD, founder and medical director of the Headache Care Center in Springfield, MO.
" Can't afford them? Lower the cost! Some pharmaceutical companies have low-cost programs for patients who qualify. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you might be eligible. Or contact the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (pparx.org).
" Expecting too much? Check your perspective! Stopped taking your meds because you still get migraines? "Meds decrease the frequency of attacks but don't prevent all of them," says Stephen Silberstein, MD, professor of neurology and director of the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Talk to your healthcare provider if you're still getting too many.
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