When receiving a prescription medicine the information pamphlet can be intimidating and trying to remember what your doctor told you about medications can be stressful. In this particular paper I will be interviewing my mom, Michelle, about her medications to treat her Multiple Sclerosis. I will cover what she thinks they are for and how she was told to use them, areas of medication education that were overlooked, and whether or not I believe Michelle has a good understanding of what her prescriptions are for.
The main medication that Michelle was prescribed to treat Multiple Sclerosis is 40mg injections of Copaxone. She is to take this medication via subcutaneous injection three times a week, at least 48hours apart. Michelle’s MS specialist told her the generic and brand names that this particular medicine can also be identified by. He also showed Michelle how to perform the injection and which locations were appropriate for the injection. Her doctor also had one of his …show more content…
It can be difficult for people to want to take care of themselves if they cannot afford their medications. In these cases the appropriate course of action would be to “refer the individual to the social services department of the institution that may help the patient when finances are a problem” (Ford & Roach, 2010, pp. 48-49).
After completing this interview I recognized the importance of thorough patient medication education. Patient teaching is an essential part of nursing because it improves patient outcome of being able to independently manage drug therapy. By using relative information it will make the implementation of teachings easier and make effective evaluations. As a future educator of medications I will be sure to include up-to-date information and make my drug education plan unique and appropriate for each