How do I monitor myself during medication?

During medication, you should monitor whether the medicine has the desired effect. You should be aware of whether you can notice the effects of your medicine yourself, or whether the efficacy of the medicine must be monitored with laboratory tests, for example. It is also good to find out how soon the effect of the medicine should begin.

  • During medication, you should monitor whether the medicine has the desired effect and whether there are any adverse reactions.

You should know about every medicine you use why you use it and what the purpose of your medicinal treatment is. You can ask about these matters and discuss them with your doctor.

In addition to efficacy, you should also monitor the occurrence of possible adverse reactions. Adverse reactions may be related to the initial phase of the medication and only temporary. Some adverse reactions, however, do not occur until the treatment has continued for a longer time. Some medicines have harmless adverse effects that may scare you if you are not aware of them. These include your urine or faeces becoming red in colour. Some adverse reactions require the medication to be stopped completely. Indeed, you should find out what adverse reactions your medication may cause, which of them are only temporary, and whether the medicine has adverse reactions that, should they occur, require you to stop taking the medication or contact your physician.