Heart Medications and Kidney Disease
Heart disease is common for people who have kidney disease. Taking medication for heart disease can improve your health outcomes and prevent hospitalizations. However, not all heart-related medications are alike. The heart healthy medications prescribed to you target specific heart-related diseases such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
It is important to understand how your medications work and when to contact your doctor. Talking with your doctor on a regular basis can help you become more aware of how each medication is affecting your body. Lastly, lifestyle strategies such as diet, exercise, and daily monitoring of your blood pressure can help you control your health.
The tables to the right provide information about common heart-related medications, how they work, their side effects and any issue you should let you doctor know about. Knowing these things about your medications can improve your heart health. If you have any further questions, please talk to your doctor or REACH MTM pharmacist.
Strategies to remember taking your medication:
- Mark the days and times you take your medications on a calendar
- Set an alarm on your phone
- Use a pillbox to organize the medications you take throughout the week
- Ask others to help you remember, like a family member or home health aid if available
- Contact your doctor or call emergency services if you experience signs of an allergic reaction (hives, trouble breathing, itching)
- Take a missed dose as soon as you remember
- If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at your normal time
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses