Taking your heart failure medicines may help you:

  • live longer
  • breathe easier
  • have more energy
  • have less swelling
  • stay out of the hospital

To help you and your family know which medicines you are taking, fill out a medicine chart.

What you need to know about medicines

Taking your medicine as directed is very important. If you do, they may help you feel better and help your heart work with less stress. You will need to take medicines for the rest of your life, unless your doctor gives you other directions.

Your health care provider may start you on one or more medicines. He or she may change the dose or add other medicines later. This will depend on your symptoms and how well you respond to the medicines.

It may take many days or weeks to find the right doses, combinations or both of medicines. This will take patience as you and your health care team work together to find the:

  • right medicines for you
  • right amount of each medicine
  • best time of the day to take each medicine

If you are worried about how to pay for your medicines, talk with your health care provider. There may be less costly medicines you may take, or financial help available to you. 

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fifth edition, 1-931876-31-2
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/10/2015