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HEALTHY COPING AND STAYING WELL /// CHAPTER 45
Oral Medication
Management
Many young adults have never
had to take medication regularly
before. During treatment, you
will have medicines to treat your
cancer, and medicines to manage
the side effects of your cancer
treatment. Both types of medicine
are prescribed to help you, so it's
important to learn about how and
when to take them.
Here are some FAQs about Oral Medication Management:
What are all these new medicines? I can't keep the names
straight!
You are learning all kinds of new medication names all at
once. It can be a lot to keep track of! Keep a list of your
medicines with you at all times, either printed or digital. That
way, you can easily show anyone who asks. Be patient with
yourself, you will learn the names eventually. It is helpful to
write down why you take each medicine. Some medications
are taken on a schedule, such as every day, while others
are taken as needed to help control specific symptoms like
nausea, constipation, or pain.
What side effects do I need to be aware of?
You should get detailed information about each new
medicine you are prescribed (ask for it if you don't!). Keep
these info sheets together in one place so that you can go
back to them and check for side effects. Get in the habit of
asking your nurse to review side effects of all medications
when you receive them.
When do I take these medicines anyway?
Your medical team will tell you when to take your
medications, either scheduled or as needed. Some people
put their medication information into a printed schedule,
other people use apps or pill boxes to organize their
medications. Some apps even allow you to choose people
to help you stay accountable. Figure out what works best for
you. It can be helpful to your team if you keep track of how
frequently you take your as-needed medications so that they
know what symptoms you're experiencing and the severity
and frequency of them.
Who do I ask for help with all of this if I get overwhelmed?
There are many people who can help you organize your meds
and/or help you take them: Your clinic nurse, nurse navigator,
pharmacist, doctor or family members and friends. Don't
be shy about asking for help or different strategies if your
current plan isn't working. You have a lot on your plate, and
it is important for your medications to be taken the right way
so that they can work best for you.
It feels like a lot of medication. Do I need all of it?
It can seem like a lot when you have so many prescriptions
and feels like you are taking something constantly. Know
that each medication is prescribed with a purpose. If you
don't think it's the right medication for you because of a
side effect or if it's not working as it is supposed to, please
speak up! Sometimes, there are alternative medications or
methods to treat the symptom you're experiencing.
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