A patient receives medicine at Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital.

(Photo by reporter Zhang Xuanzhe)

[Reporter Zhang Xuanzhe/Taichung Report] This year's Lunar New Year holiday is particularly long. People are busy with cleaning and shopping for the new year, and they also need to prepare enough medication for chronic patients.

Major hospitals cooperate with the regulations of the National Health Insurance Administration to prevent chronic patients from running out of medication during the Spring Festival. If the prescription collection date falls between January 20th and 29th, the hospital can collect the medication from January 10th 10 days in advance.

In addition, the pharmacist also warmly reminded the public that in addition to preparing medicines, chronic patients should avoid food during the Spring Festival and pay attention to the safety of medicines so that they can celebrate the New Year with peace of mind.

Shen Yiting, a pharmacist at Tzu Chi Hospital in Taichung, said that it is common for chronic patients to forget to get their medicines in advance, especially during the long Spring Festival holiday this year. Medicines will be available to receive from January 10. Friends with chronic patients must pay attention to whether the quantity of medicines is sufficient.

The pharmacist reminded that if you arrange a trip during the New Year's Day, in addition to medicines for chronic patients, life-saving and first-aid medicines should not be ignored.

For example, nitroglycerin sublingual tablets used by heart patients to relieve angina pectoris, or bronchodilators needed by asthma patients when they attack, must be carried with you for emergency use.

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It is often rumored in traditional customs that if you don’t take medicine on New Year’s Day, you can pray for health. Shen Yiting said that chronic patients who stop taking medicine or stopping medicine on their own may aggravate their condition and suffer from superstition instead.

Especially for organ transplant patients who take anti-rejection drugs (immunosuppressants) for a long time, they must prepare enough drugs for ten days without stopping.

Eating and drinking is inevitable during the New Year's Eve. Shen Yiting said that the proportion of food composition will affect the absorption of drugs in the gastrointestinal tract. Changes in the degree of absorption will cause the blood concentration of drugs to increase or decrease. Therefore, people who take drugs for a long time should avoid a lot of fried food or large fish and meat. , it is best to maintain the same eating habits as usual; while winter citrus fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, etc. will affect drug metabolism, so avoid eating a lot.

As long as you maintain normal medication, pay attention to a balanced diet and get enough sleep during holidays, chronic patients can live a healthy and happy life.

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