The Importance of Taking Medications Correctly
It’s hard to remember all the things you need to do in a day, especially because there is so much to do nowadays. But one of the most important things to remember is to take your medicine, specifically as your doctor has prescribed it. It can be difficult to maintain prescriptions for a lot of reasons, mainly due to quantity or health care issues, but it is important to think about the results that could occur without a properly regimented routine.
Don’t ever stop taking a prescription before a doctor recommends coming off of it. If you feel cured and like the issue that the medication is addressing is no longer a problem, that’s great. But it’s not because it has gone away completely; it is because the medication is doing its job and minimizing the symptoms while fighting the issue at hand. In stopping the prescription early, you could reverse the results of the medication and even cause worse symptoms to arise than before.
Make sure to look at the dosage amount and how many to take per day. Altering this formula can have detrimental effects on your health, whether you are taking too little or too much. In taking too little, the desired results will not be achieved and you have wasted money and time on something ineffective. And even if it seems like your medicine is not working, it is important not to take more than the prescribed dosage. If you think your prescription needs to be altered, consult with your doctor about your symptoms and let them decide if a change is necessary.
The Centers for Disease Control has estimated that people not taking medications as prescribed is the cause of 30 to 50 percent of chronic disease treatment failures and 125,000 deaths per year in this country. According to the CDC, medication is not taken as prescribed 50 percent of the time. Don’t be a part of this statistic! The prescription is what will help you get the best results from your medication, so make sure to be clear on what it says and read all directions on what you are taking.
It can be helpful to have a pill calendar with your medication, so that you know whether you have taken what you need for the day yet or not. Create a routine that starts with you taking your medication at the same time every day, so that you do not forget or retake anything. You can also purchase nifty timer caps for your pill bottles, which will go off and remind you to take your medication. If you live with anyone else, you can hold each other accountable for taking everything you need and as prescribed.
The bottom line is, doctors know what they are doing. If you feel that something is off, please consult with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before deciding to change anything yourself and potentially put your health in danger. So put value in your health, and don’t be afraid to reach out to professionals with any questions.