Flex some memory muscle
Marry your medication to a daily activity. Try taking your medication while doing an everyday activity, like making coffee or brushing your teeth. By incorporating this new task into a more established routine, it’s more likely to become second nature to you.
Download some digital reminders
Most of us have our phones or other devices within earshot at all times. Why not use their built-in alarm feature as a medication reminder? Similarly, most of these devices come equipped with digital calendars that can help you organize your day, right down to the minute. Take some time to get to know your phone’s calendar, then program it to remind you when it’s time for your pill.
Location, location, location
As with many aspects of our lives, medication routines can be hampered by “out of sight, out of mind” scenarios. Keeping your medication in a prominent, easy-to-see area that you pass by often is a good way to jog your memory. Or, if you prefer to keep your medication in a more private location, you can place a visual reminder, like a refrigerator magnet, specific picture or photograph, or any other household item you might associate with AUBAGIO in a more prominent area. This provides a visual reminder, while keeping your medication out of sight.
Call for backup
If you’re concerned you might not be able to remember your medication on your own, ask a friend or family member to help you with reminder phone calls or text messages. Not only will this help you stay on top of your medication routine, it may strengthen your social support relationships, which is also important for your well-being.
Study up on side effects
Some people will be so worried about a medication’s side effects that they’ll forgo taking it all together. But this can be shortsighted for a few reasons:
Everyone reacts to medication differently, including how and if you experience possible side effects. The best course of action is to take the drug as prescribed by your healthcare team and monitor what happens. If you experience side effects, discuss them with your physician. He or she can help you understand what you may expect. Some side effects can lessen over time; while your doctor may have tips to help with other side effects.
It’s also important to remember that you shouldn’t let the past dictate your future.
If you’ve had a challenging experience with one relapsing MS treatment, it doesn’t mean you’ll have that same reaction to a different relapsing MS treatment. Many medications are unique in how they work and affect your body, and different people can react differently to the same medication. If you’re apprehensive about a new therapy because of side effects you’ve previously experienced with other medications, talk it over with your doctor. He or she can discuss the differences in medications to help you make an informed decision about the best next steps.
Navigating your medical insurance can be tricky. Between all the forms, different coverage types, and the ever-changing landscape of what’s available, the medical insurance process can feel overwhelming for many. In fact, some get so frustrated by their insurance—or lack of it—that they give up on their medication all together.
But it doesn’t need to be this way.
MS One to One has trained professionals who know the ins and outs of every major insurance type and can help you with any questions or concerns you may have about your insurance coverage for AUBAGIO. If you’re unsure about your own medical insurance coverage, are worried you may not be able to afford AUBAGIO, or you have other insurance-related questions, MS One to One can help. Call 1-855-676-6326.