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Following doctors orders

Your doctor might call them recommendations or advice. You know those words during a routine checkup: “I’d like to see you lose a little weight,” or “Be sure to let me know if you’re having any trouble with this medication.”

Even though they sound like a friendly reminder, your doctor means business when making recommendations like these.

Most doctors would agree—and hope—that their orders should be taken seriously all of the time. But here are three types of orders they’re going to insist you take seriously, because your life may depend on it:

  1. Medication safety
  2. Follow up visits
  3. Reinforcing good habits