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Leukemia Education Package and Your Care Needs During Treatment
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Medications

It is important to know what medications you take and why. Keep a current list of what you take with you at all times.

What should you do when you meet your doctor, nurse or pharmacist?

  • List how much and how often your take your medications
  • Speak with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about any over-the-counter medications (for example, non-prescription medications), vitamins, herbal medications you are taking, including cannabis or marijuana
  • Speak with your doctor before you or your family members get any shots (such as flu shots, childhood vaccines)
  • Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before you refill medications
  • Let your health care team know if you need help paying for prescriptions
  • Speak with your hospital pharmacist if you would like help updating your medication list or if you would like a schedule that might include your new chemotherapy medications

How should you store your medications at home?

  • Take all of your medications as prescribed and at the same time every day for the number of days ordered by your doctor
  • Consider using a pill box or blister pack to organize your medications. You can speak to your hospital or community pharmacist about how to set this up
  • Put your medications in a dry and cool place, but not in the bathroom or fridge unless told to do so by your doctor or pharmacist 
  • Store your medications out of the reach of young children

How should you take medications at home?

  • Do not drink alcohol, grapefruit or pomegranate juice with medications. Speak to your health care team if you have questions or concerns about this
  • Avoid taking pain medication that may raise your risk of bleeding (for example: Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Naproxen)
  • Do not take Tylenol (acetaminophen) before taking your temperature. This medication may hide a fever.
  • Try to use the same pharmacy to fill prescriptions so that medications can be tracked
  • Do not take medications that are not prescribed for you