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4 Guiding Star Point

4 Guiding Star Point four: Manage Information You are here: Stopping a Medication You experience the world in your own way. You know how you feel. So, it may be difficult to keep taking medication(s) if you no longer feel a condition interferes with your daily life. It can be difficult if you don’t like the way a medication makes your body feel. If you think you need to stop taking your medicine, consult with a licensed medical practitioner (such as a doctor or a licensed nurse practitioner). Talk with this provider about the pros and cons of stopping a medication. You may actually need to change to something that works better for you. Stopping medication on your own can hurt you physically and emotionally. It can harm those around you, including your family and friends. If you need to stop taking a medication, your doctor or nurse practitioner needs to help you plan how to do that safely. Guiding Star Point Four Review 1. The facts in your files tell a story about you. As an independent adult with your own voice, managing your own information means taking charge of your story. 2. Your job as information manager has five parts: (1) organize records, (2) maintain the treatment plan routine, (3) record treatment progress and other observations in daily life, (4) share this information with your providers, and (5) inquire about any health information that can help you understand your own care. 3. A two-inch, three-ring binder is a good way to keep paperwork organized and available for appointments, phone calls, and anytime you need to check information. 4. Pharmacists can be excellent sources of information about medications. Most are willing to spend time making sure you have all the facts. Pharmacists also know a lot about your prescription drug insurance. 5. A solid routine is the key to taking medications safely. Put your medications in a seven-day pill organizer (if you are not required to keep them in the original containers). Consider using reminder apps or Activity 4.2, My Medication Log. 6. Make written notes in a journal (or use the Activity worksheets with this Guide) to make notes about side effects and other incidents that happen between visits. It can be hard to remember past details during an appointment. Share what’s happening honestly with your provider. 7. Ask questions about your medications, tests, and any information in your files you don’t understand. This is YOUR story, and the information affects decisions about YOUR life. Change the conversation 54

Guiding Star Point five Find Support Create a network of people and resources that can help you stay safe and cope with challenges along your journey. 55