Don’t quit a medicine without talking with your doc

Talk with your doctorYour health is on the line — play it safe with medicines

Take as directed. Sometimes that’s easier said than done.

For safety’s sake

Before you decide to not take a medicine or to stop one suddenly, do this first: Talk with your doctor. Your concerns are important — and your doctor wants to help. In the meantime, following your treatment plan is important. Stopping your medicine could be dangerous, especially with conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Finding a solution

No matter the medicine or the condition it’s treating, here are some ways your doctor may be able to help.

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Ways Your Doctor Can Help
Reason for stopping a medicine What your doctor may do
You feel fine — and don’t think you need it anymore
  • Explain how your medicine is helping you stay well.
It’s causing unpleasant side effects.
  • Change your dose or prescribe a new drug.
  • Suggest changing the time or way you take your medicine.
  • Offer other coping tips.
You’re unsure how or when to take it.
  • Go over your medicine instructions with you.
  • Suggest helpful tools, such as medicine lists or pillboxes.

You don’t think it’s helping.

  • Do tests to see if a medicine is working.
  • Change your dose.
  • Prescribe a new medicine.
You can’t afford it.
  • Prescribe a new drug — or a generic medication — that’s less costly or has better coverage in your benefit plan.*

Just ask

Your pharmacist can also be a helpful resource to answer questions about your medicines. For example, maybe you’re not sure what to do if you miss a dose. Or you want to know how best to take your medicines if you have a stomach bug.

What to do next

Be in the know when taking a new medicine. Here’s a handy checklist to take to your doctor visits — it has some important questions to ask. 

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