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Educating About Medications

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Due to the inherent complications of polypharmacy, patients should be instructed about every aspect of their medication: names, doses, side effects, etc [4]. Improper, or lack of instructions, may have detrimental effects. For example, if a patient on beta blockers has not been educated as to how the drug functions, and what the potential side effects are, they may stop taking it, believing that it is causing their condition to worsen. Doctors should consider including a medication schedule with their prescriptions, perhaps with a space for patients to record their symptoms and weight .[1]

 

 

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1. Grady KL, Dracup K, Kennedy G, Moser DK, Piano M, Stevenson LW, Young JB. Team Management of Patients With Heart Failure. Circulation. 2000;102:2443-2456.

4. Elkayam U, Roth A, Weber L, et al. Isometric exercise in patients with chronic advanced heart failure: hemodynamic and neurohoumoral evaluation. Circulatoin. 1985;72:975-981

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