Medications for heart conditions (2022)

Information on common medications for heart disease.

What happens if I'm running low on medications?

Many heart medications are prescribed for the long term. If you’re running out of medication, call your pharmacy to check if you have refills and obtain a new supply. If not, make an appointment with your family doctor to obtain a new prescription. If you are not sure whether you should continue taking a medication, consult your family doctor before you stop taking it.

Do not stop taking your medication without talking to a health care professional, even if you are feeling well.

What should I do if I'm experiencing a medication side effect?

If you think you are experiencing a side effect from a medication, contact your pharmacist or doctor for advice. Do not stop taking your medication without talking to a health care professional first.

What should I do if I miss a dose of my medication?

Take a missed dose as soon as you think of it. If it is less than six hours before the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the normal time. Do not take two doses at the same time or take extra doses.

What if I can't afford the medication prescribed?

There are medication subsidies available for people who qualify. B.C. residents covered by the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) are eligible to register for Fair PharmaCare. Coverage under this plan is based on your net family income. Some medications may require a special application for coverage, so talk to your pharmacist or doctor for more information on a specific medication.

Can I take supplements or natural health products while taking heart medication?

When taking supplements or natural health products, there is always a risk of a reaction due to interaction with your heart medication.

Visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation's website for more information on taking alternative medications, herbal products, naturopathic therapies, and over the counter items while on cardiac medications.

How should I keep track of my heart medications?

Keep a medication list with you. Your health care provider will need to know what you are taking. For each drug, list the name, dose, how often you take it, and when it was prescribed. If your medication is changed, make sure you change it on the list so that it is up to date.

Medications are very individualized, because each person’s situation is different. You may not be taking the same medication as someone else with your condition due to a number of factors. If you have specific questions about your medications, contact your pharmacist or health care provider.

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