Know your Medicine
Preventing another stroke (brain attack)
- Take your medicine correctly.
- Use assistance (a friend, relative, pillbox and/or calendar)
- Carry a list of the medication you take. Take the list to each doctor appointment and keep it up-to-date. Share it with a friend or relative and let them help you organize your medications.
- Carry a list of your doctors and their phone numbers.
- Keep a list of any allergies you may have to food and medicines, including over-the-counter.
- Take your blood pressure medicine as prescribed.
- If you smoke, quit or at least reduce the amount you smoke (do not smoke while using nicotine patches).
- Take your blood thinners as recommended by your doctor.
- If you are diabetic, keep your blood sugar controlled using diet, exercise and medicines as directed.
- If prescribed, take anti-seizure medications.
- Taking your prescribed blood thinners is very important. Take them regularly and do not start or stop taking them (even aspirin) without advice from your doctor.
- Take them at the same time every day.
- Your doctor may prescribe Ritalin (Methylphenidate), a stimulant to keep you more alert and focused on your rehabilitation therapy. You may take it for a short while after you go home. You will be instructed what time(s) of day to take them to allow normal sleep.
- Limit caffeine and other stimulants unless approved by your doctor.