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Medication Therapy and Wellness Services

The Memorial Hermann Medication Therapy and Wellness Clinics (MTWC) provide services where clinically trained pharmacists work with you, your physicians and other health care professionals to ensure your medications are safe and effective to help manage your medical conditions.

Our clinical pharmacist specialists:

  • Adjust medications and simplify regimens for specific conditions as designated by your physician.
  • Review medications for adverse drug and food interactions
  • Provide medication therapy education
  • Offer lifestyle modification techniques
  • Work closely with other members of your healthcare team to ensure that your medical needs are addressed.

We offer several different drug therapy monitoring programs:

Anticoagulation Program

The Outpatient Anticoagulation Program at MTWC is designed to help patients taking blood thinner medications (anticoagulants) stay safe and benefit the most from their medication to prevent blood clots and decrease the risk of bleeding.

Studies have shown that patients enrolled in an anticoagulation clinic have better medication management, better outcomes and fewer problems.

Program Highlights:

  • Blood thinners monitored include:
  • Warfarin (Coumadin),
  • Injectable anticoagulants (such as enoxaparin)
  • Other oral anticoagulants (such as Pradaxa, Eliquis, and Xarelto)
  • For warfarin patients: the clinic utilizes Point of Care Testing via a “finger-stick” so you can have your results, dosing, and instructions for follow-up on the same day
  • Treatment plans may include
  • Education
  • Blood testing (if appropriate)
  • Medication dosing instruction

Topics Discussed:

  • Anticoagulation overview
  • Review of indication/disease state
  • Safety and monitoring for anticoagulation
  • Effects of poor anticoagulant control
  • Common drug interactions
  • Warfarin and your diet
  • Surgical procedures
  • Effects of alcohol

Quit Tobacco Program

The Outpatient Tobacco Cessation Program at MTWC is designed to help patients quit tobacco by combining medications and counseling.

Program Highlights:

  • One-on-one consultation with the pharmacist includes a comprehensive assessment. These sessions can help you stay motivated, gain confidence and improve your chances of success.
  • Individualized quit tobacco plan and education based on your past experiences, specific needs and goals.
  • Ongoing coaching to support your efforts to quit smoking provided.
  • Treatment plans may include:
  • Counseling only
  • One or more nicotine replacement medications
  • Non-nicotine medication(s)
  • Proper medication use education will be provided.
  • Other resources provided include: online programs for cessation, quit line information, smart phone apps.
  • The program is based on the US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Clinical Practice Guideline.

Topics Discussed:

  • Dealing with withdrawals
  • Tackling triggers
  • Coping with temptations
  • Stress management
  • Weight gain
  • Relapse prevention

Diabetes Management

The Outpatient Diabetes Program at MTWC is designed to help people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes improve their blood sugars to decrease the chance of complications such as kidney disease.

Program Highlights:

  • Individualized treatment care plans are developed which allows you to identify strategies needed to control diabetes. The program is led by pharmacists specializing in diabetes management.
  • Several topics are discussed in depth to help improve diabetes care.
  • Treatment plans may include:
  • Education
  • Blood testing (if appropriate)
  • Insulin and/or oral medication dosing instruction

Topics Discussed:

  • The diabetes disease process and pathophysiology
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Oral medications
  • Insulin administration
  • Chronic and acute complications
  • Foot care
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Goal setting
  • Living well with diabetes
  • Standards of care
  • Physical activity benefits

Medication Therapy Review (Pharmacotherapy)

The Outpatient Pharmacotherapy Program at MTWC is designed to help patients understand their medications and medical conditions better.

Program Highlights:

  • Review prescription and non-prescription medications for adverse drug reactions and drug and food interactions
  • Simplify medication regimens if appropriate
  • Individualized education provided for medications and lifestyle modification
  • Identify barriers to implementation of physician plan of care
  • Treatment plans may include:
  • Education
  • Blood testing (if appropriate)
  • Preventative health maintenance

Topics Discussed:

  • Living well with chronic health conditions
  • Steps to improving medication adherence
  • Maintaining a personal medication record
  • Developing a medication-related action plan
  • Receiving care from more than one prescriber

Hypertension Management

The Outpatient Hypertension Program at MTWC is designed to help people with hypertension improve their blood pressure to decrease the chance of complications (such as stroke).

Program Highlights:

  • Manage therapy to achieve and maintain target blood pressure
  • Develop individualized care plan and education for medications and lifestyle modification
  • Treatment plans may include:
  • Education
  • Blood testing (if appropriate)
  • Medication dosing instruction

Topics Discussed:

  • High blood pressure in adults, an overview
  • Medication management
  • Dietary changes and blood pressure
  • Physical activity benefits
  • Home blood pressure measurement technique

Heart Failure Management

The Outpatient Heart Failure Management Program at MTWC is designed to help people with heart failure improve their symptoms and decrease the chance for hospitalization.

Program Highlights:

  • Develop a treatment and medication plan that are appropriate to your condition
  • Improve and maintain your quality of life
  • Minimize the need for hospitalization and emergency room visits
  • Help you with lifestyle changes to understand and manage your condition
  • Treatment plans may include
  • Education
  • Blood testing (if appropriate)
  • Medication dosing instruction

Topics Discussed:

  • Living with Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure Zones
  • Medication Management
  • Low-Sodium Diet
  • Blood Pressure and weight management

Contact Us

Center for Advanced Heart Failure – TMC
6400 Fannin St. Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77030
Tel: 713-704-5042
Fax: 713-704-0114

Texas Medical Center

6414 Fannin, Ste G100
Houston, TX 77030
Tel: 713-704-2624
Fax: 713-704-0993

A physician's referral is required before you can make an appointment. Please call us to assist in obtaining a referral. You may also ask your physician to fax an order for a program you are interested in.

For Healthcare Providers: Click here to download an enrollment/referral form