Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Medication Adherence

Most cancer therapies are designed to maintain a specific level of drugs in your system for a certain time based on your cancer type and stage, your overall health, previous therapies and other factors. If your oral medications are not taken exactly as prescribed, or if you miss appointments for IV infusions or injections, the consequences can be serious. That is why medication adherence – taking the right drug in the right dose at the right time every time – is essential. 

Help yourself succeed with these suggestions:

  • Make sure you fully understand the instructions for how and when to take your medications and how to store them. Your pharmacist is an excellent resource for this. 
  • Keep a list of your medications with the names and contact information of the doctors who prescribed them.
  • Track each dose, including missed doses. 
  • Detail any side effects. 
  • Use medication reminders and organizers. Set an alarm on your clock or phone, wear a vibrating wrist watch or download a smartphone app.