Medications

When you have had a stroke, medications will help you lower your risk of having another stroke. You may need medications to:

  • Help prevent blood clots
  • Help prevent another stroke
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Manage your diabetes
  • Help you heart beat more slowly and strongly

You may not have taken medications before your stroke, so the need for medications may be new and stressful. It is important you understand why you are taking your medication, how to take your medications and potential side effects. It is important to take your medications as ordered by the doctor.

Medications have good effects and possible side effects. If side effects occur, they usually happen when you begin treatment or when a dose is increased. Most side effects will go away once your body gets used to the medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how to manage side effects before you decrease or stop taking prescribed medications.

Tips

  • Keep an updated list of your medication in your wallet. Know the names of your medications, the dosage and when you take them.
  • Take your pills at the same times each day as ordered.
  • Do not stop taking medication without checking with your doctor.
  • If you take medication to lower your blood pressure, to avoid dizziness, sit at the side of the bed and dangle your legs before getting up.
  • Taking “over-the-counter” medications can interact with your prescribed medication. Check with your doctor before taking herbal medicine, cough and cold supplements and certain pain relievers.
  • Check your medication labels.
  • Pill organizers can be very helpful.
  • Do not share your medications with anyone else.
  • Do not mix your medications together in the same container.
  • Try to use the same pharmacy.

If you have any questions about your specific medications, please contact your healthcare provider