Taking Medications Correctly: What You Need to Know

Did you know that about 50% of people don’t take their medications correctly? This is cause for concern as improper ingestion of medication can cause harm or prolong the illness. Here’s a quick guide from Forum Medical Centre on how to take medications correctly.

Things to Keep in Mind When Taking Medications

  • Check with your doctor on what liquids are acceptable when it comes to swallowing pills. Some people prefer to take their pills with juice, carbonated drinks or coffee or tea. This can be an issue in some instances where the caffeine or fizz in the drink can reduce the efficacy of the medication. So, it’s always best to check with your doctor on whether its okay to take the pills with juice or coffee. If you’re unsure, it’s best to stick with just plain water as it’s the safest option.
  • Follow instructions when it comes to when to take the medication. If your doctor tells you take the medication before or after meals, there’s sound reasoning for this. Some medications work better in an empty stomach while some others need to be taken on a full stomach to avoid causing irritation to the stomach lining.
  • Medication non-adherence is a strict no-no. While it’s not the end of the world if you forget to take your medication occasionally, it’s a definite problem if it becomes a frequent occurrence. If you’re not meeting the required dosage, you won’t get the desired results. If you tend to forget about your medication, set up a reminder on your phone so you’re always alerted when it’s time to take your medication

Can I stop taking the medication once I start feeling better?

Another major mistake that a lot of people tend to make is to stop taking the medication simply because they feel better and assume that they’re ‘cured’. We strongly advice against doing this. Always follow your doctor’s orders and finish the course. If you do want to stop the medication, please consult with your doctor first and only if they give you the go-ahead should you discontinue taking the medication.
Modern medicine has provided us with so many medications for thousands of illnesses. But unless you take the medication the right way, you may not get their full effect.

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