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Dialysis Medications

Following directions for each of your medications

Since you’re undergoing dialysis treatment to clean your blood and maintain chemical balance, managing all of your medications and taking them exactly as prescribed – on time and with or without food – is especially important. Taking your medications as prescribed will help keep you as healthy as possible.

To help you get the most out of your dialysis treatment, you’ll likely be taking various medications. If you also have other conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you may have additional medications prescribed by your doctor.

4 tips for managing your medication

Understand each medication

make sure you know what each medication does and how it benefits you. Be familiar with your medications’ administration schedule, special instructions, and precautions (if there are any).

Check with your doctor before taking any new medications

including antibiotics, cold or allergy medications, pain relievers, vitamins, traditional medicines, or herbal supplements, any of which your body may respond to differently when you are on dialysis. Always tell your doctor about any new medications prescribed by your other doct

Keep track of all your medications 

your pharmacist and doctor can help ensure there are no conflicts with any existing or new medications. He or she can also help you understand your medications and medication labels.

Track your daily regimen 

use a pill organizer and keep a paper or digital medication checklist so you don’t miss a dose. You may even want to set an alarm to remind you. If you need help sorting your pills, ask someone in your support network for help.

Take advantage of medication reviews

Your doctor will meet with you to review all of your medications to make sure that you are getting the medications you need. Depending on your blood test results and how you are feeling, your doctor may prescribe alternate medications or adjust some of your doses. Remember, your feedback is always important to your doctor and care team. So speak up, ask questions and let them know how you’re really feeling.