Find your voice

You know your body better than anyone else. So, when it comes to your health, you’re the best person to communicate your health needs.

By taking an active role in your care, you help ensure that you get the best from your health care team. Benefits of becoming your own health advocate include:

Having a say in decisions about your care and feeling more confident about the choices you make

Gaining a better understanding of your condition

Feeling a greater sense of satisfaction with your care

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A smiling elderly man

5 tips to make the most of your doctor’s appointment

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Be prepared

Keep a symptom diary so you have a reliable record of how you’ve been feeling. Make a list of your questions and concerns, with the most important ones first, and share them with your doctor at the beginning of the appointment. This will help your doctor focus your visit on what’s most important to you. And if you find it difficult to ask for or remember information from your doctor, feel free to bring a friend or family member along to help.

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Know your meds

Bring a list of your current medications, the dosage you’re taking and the number of times a day you take it. Remember to tell your doctor how often you actually take it – not just how often you’re supposed to. And don’t forget to include supplements and over-the-counter drugs.

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Express yourself

Share information about how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally, and what’s changed since your last visit. There’s no need to be embarrassed; your doctor has heard it all before, at least twice! If you don’t understand something, ask your doctor to explain it again.

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Be honest

Tell your doctor your medical history and your current lifestyle. How much alcohol do you drink a week? Are you under stress? Everything you tell them is confidential and helps them see the full picture.

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Keep an open mind

You may not get the answer you’re expecting, but if you work with your doctor, you can help find the treatment course that’s best for you.

Here are some virtual tools and resources to help you along your treatment journey!

Your health care team

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A patient and his health care professional talking

Who’s looking after you?

When it comes to your health, your family doctor is usually your first point of contact. But you could get a lot more from your health care team by accessing various services. Your AbbVie Care team can help connect you to some of these services – their expert help is only a phone call away.

You are the most important member of your health care team

It is up to you to take an active role in looking after yourself and to ask for help when you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the role of each member of your team.

Your health care network

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Your personal team

  • Care partner (if you have one)
  • Friends and family
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Your primary health care team

Your family doctor will refer you to your specialist MD. These health care professionals, along with a team of nurses and pharmacists, work together closely and help you access your broader network of care

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Additional support

  • Support groups
  • Online resources
  • Other health care professionals
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AbbVie Care

Personalized support services for people who are taking certain AbbVie medications

Caring for the care partner

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A father playing with his young son

It can be a life-changing experience when a family member or friend is diagnosed with a health problem. Too often, the care partner’s health suffers. Many get so caught up in their care responsibilities that they forget to take care of themselves.

At AbbVie Care, our support extends to the person living with the disease as well as the care partner who accompanies them in their journey.

Caring for the care partner means making sure that you have the support to create the best outcome for your loved one. It also means that we’re thinking of your well-being.

Here are some virtual tools and resources to help you along your treatment journey!

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AbbVie Care

The AbbVie Care Support Program provides support services to people who have been prescribed certain AbbVie medications. Learn what our support program has to offer.

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Questions about financial coverage for your medication?

Don’t worry! Through our reimbursement services, AbbVie Care considers your medical insurance coverage, explores your options, and walks you through the paperwork you may need to complete to get your AbbVie medication.

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