Whether you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medication, it is important to follow the guidelines and instructions found on the bottle to ensure the medication is working effectively for you.
We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips for following medication compliance.
Some medications are important in treating symptoms or preventing disease. In some cases, missing a dose can have negative effects. By following the instructions of your medication, you will be able to reach optimal effectiveness.
Think of Cost
Whether or not you have insurance can make a huge impact on the cost of your medication. In efforts to save cost, some individuals lessen their dosage or cut their pills in half to prolong their prescription.
This is not advised, and may save you money, but will ultimately have a negative effect on your health and treatment plan. If you are worried about cost, it is best to discuss this with your doctor to find a solution to afford your prescriptions.
Take the full prescription
Even if you feel like your symptoms are subsiding, you should not stop your prescription prematurely. This happens often with individuals taking antibiotics. If you stop after a few days and don’t finish the full prescription, you are making it possible for surviving bacteria to become more resistant. Once this surviving bacteria is resistant, then it can spread to others.
Taking medication for short or long term therapy is vital in your body fully recovering.
Do not share!
Medication can vary person to person based on factors such as age, weight, etc. Just because a medication works for you, doesn’t mean it will be good for someone else. In addition, it is important to know that sharing prescription pain medication is illegal.
Be honest about everything you’re already taking
Whether you are on other prescription medication, over the counter medication, or are taking a daily dose of vitamins and supplements, your doctor needs to know. Certain drugs and supplements can interfere with the effectiveness of the medicine you’re taking. It is helpful to bring an updated medication list when visiting the doctor. In addition, using the same pharmacy for all of your prescription pickups can help monitor drug interactions.
When in doubt, always ask!
If you find yourself confused by a medication’s directions, always be sure to ask questions to a healthcare provider to ensure you are taking it correctly. The medication was prescribed to help you, so you should know what it is for, when or how to take it, etc. If you ever have questions, just ask. Your doctor is there to help you.