MYTH# 3:

"My blood pressure (or cholesterol, or blood sugar) is running good on these pills, so I can stop them now."



Antibiotics may cure an infection, but problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are only controlled. Medications can indeed be very effective for such control . . . but they only work while you're taking them. Changes in your lifestyle such as weight loss and exercise may make it possible to lower the dose or even get off of the medicines, but this must be done under the supervision of your doctor.



Take your medications as prescribed until you're told not to. Don't just stop "because there were no more refills". Yes, it's not fair, it's inconvenient and an expense, but the medications work for you . . . only as long as you're taking them.

ęCOPY;1997 HeartPoint   Updated December 1998.

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