Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term health condition that may take extra time, energy and planning to care for. We understand staying on track can be difficult. Following these tips can help you stick to your treatment plan and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Take medications as scheduled.
It’s best to take your medication exactly as prescribed. Some medications for RA may take a while to start working and some have side effects. You should never change or stop medications without talking to your rheumatologist.
Use alerts and reminders.
Set a standing alarm on your cell phone, smart phone or tablet. Or use the CVS Specialty mobile app―anyone can download and use it at no cost from Google® Play or Apple® iTunes® stores. Other ways to remind yourself include:
- Posting a sticky note where it can be seen easily, like on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator
- Scheduling tasks or appointments on your computer or cell phone calendar
- Using a pill box or creating a check-off chart
Your rheumatologist may order X-rays, MRIs, blood work or other tests to check your response to treatment. Write down and keep all visits. Skipping them could affect your treatment goals.
Join a support group.
Join an in-person or online support group. Talking to others living with RA may help you cope with treatment and everyday challenges.
You should never change or stop medications without talking to your rheumatologist.
Work with the entire health care team.
Work closely with doctors, pharmacists, nurses, laboratory and other providers. Stay in touch and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
CVS Specialty can help you manage your RA and get the best outcomes from treatment, including managing side effects and staying on track. Call 1-800-237-2767 to speak to a pharmacist or nurse specially trained in caring for patients with RA.
Refill medications on time so there are no breaks in your treatment.
Visit CVSspecialty.com to create a secure, online specialty prescription profile to manage your RA treatment anywhere, anytime. Just visit our homepage and register in a few easy steps.
Managing your RA requires careful planning and consistent care. That’s why we’re here to help every step of the way. We hope these tips will help you get the greatest benefit out of your treatment plan.