General Guidelines for Taking Medications
- Know answers to the following questions about your medication:
- What's name of the drug, both the brand name and generic name?
- Does it come in generic form?
- How does the medication work?
- What does the drug look like?
- What is the proper dosage?
- When should it be taken?
- What are the common side effects?
- How is this drug affected by other medications?
Remembering to Take Your Medication
- Use a pill box as an organizational tool
- Set calendar alerts
- Use apps with reminders
- Tie your medication doses with a daily activity
- Get help from family and friends
Care and Storage
- Store according to package guidelines
- Do not use discolored pills
- Keep medicines with you when traveling (not in your suitcase)
- Take enough medicines with you for your trip, plus extras
- Bring a letter from your doctor if traveling abroad
Diabetes pills are taken to lower blood glucose levels. Diabetes pills are not insulin. Insulin cannot be taken orally – it would be destroyed by digestive enzymes. The pills are effective only when the pancreas still produces some insulin.