The lifestyle changes you have made to manage your chronic disease may include taking medication. Keeping track of any potential medication-related side effects you are experiencing will help inform you and your health care team if your medication therapy needs adjusting.
Print a copy of "My medication side effect tracker," and make an entry every time you experience what you think may be a medication-related side effect. Then bring it to your physician or primary health care provider and discuss if your treatment plan needs adjusting.
*Remember to get immediate medical attention if you experience a severe side effect, such as a serious allergic reaction (hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of face or throat), severe skin rash (blistering or peeling), vomiting blood or "coffee ground" material, blood in the stool, a heart attack (pain or discomfort in the chest, neck, jaw, shoulder, or back; cool clammy skin; difficulty breathing; and feelings of fear or denial), a stroke (weakness or numbness, difficulty speaking, headache, dizziness, or vision changes), or feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or others.