Tips for staying on track
- 1Take your medicine exactly as your doctor prescribed.
- 2Set an alarm to help you remember to take your medicine each day.
- 3Keep a daily log to track your progress (see below).
- 4Talk to your healthcare team regularly.
- 5Mark your calendar for when it’s time to refill your medicine.
Plan ahead! Keep an eye on how much medicine you have left, and refill your prescription before you run out.
Keeping a daily log
Write down how you feel and what you experience with your seizures or migraines, and any medicines you take for them. Then share your notes or questions with your doctor about the following:
- When you had a seizure or migraines and what happened
- Any recent changes in your seizures or migraines
- How and when you take your medicine and questions about your medicine
- How you feel now compared with before you started taking the medicine
- How well you have been sleeping or changes in your mood
- If you think you might be experiencing side effects
- The kinds of things, if any, you can link to your seizures or migraines (triggers)
Working with your healthcare team
When it comes to your health, think of yourself and your doctors, nurses and pharmacist as partners. Your healthcare team can help you best if they know how you are feeling. Regular appointments and checkups provide important information to help them do the following:
- See how your medicine is working
- Watch for side effects
- Monitor and help manage your condition in other ways
You and your healthcare team should work together to get the most from your appointments. Always be open about what you are going through. At each visit, bring your notes, care plan or diary to help you. Also try to bring a list of questions you’d like to ask, such as:
- What is my starting dose?
- How will my dose change during the first few weeks?
- When is the best time for me to take my medicine?
- What if I forget to take my medicine?
- How might the medicine make me feel?
- When is my next follow-up visit?