Chapter 5: Taking Medication
Adjusting to a Medication Routine
Taking medications every day may require some changes to your lifestyle. But change
doesn’t always happen right away. This page has tips that can help you adjust to
taking medication. These tips can help you manage a smoother transition to your
Making Change Work for You
Everyone handles change a little differently. The following tips can help if you are
having trouble adjusting to taking diabetes medications.
• Prepare yourself for slow, steady progress. Taking medication won’t cure diabetes.
Change doesn’t happen overnight, but
small changes add up. You may not see
the benefits of treatment right away.
Contact your health care provider if your
medications aren’t working or if you’re
having side effects.
• Establish a daily routine. Taking your
medications in the same way and at the
same time every day is crucial. When your
daily routine is disrupted, it’s easy to forget.
To make your medication routine work for
you, plan ahead. And don’t get discouraged
if you slip up a few times. You’ll get better at
sticking with your routine with daily practice.
• Ask for support. Taking medications for
diabetes can have a big impact on your life.
Tell the people close to you how they can
help you stay on track. You might want to join a diabetes support group. There, you
can talk with people who have many of the same concerns, fears, and goals.
• Acknowledge new emotions. It’s common to resist or feel angry or scared about
having to take medications. You’re not alone. Share your feelings with your health care
team and people close to you. Acknowledging new emotions is the first step toward
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