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Why are prescriptions not followed?

Sticking to your medication routine means taking your medications as prescribed – the right dose, at the right time, in the right way and frequency. Why? Not taking your medicine as prescribed by a doctor or instructed by a pharmacist could lead to your disease worsening, hospitalization or death.

There are a lot of reasons patients don't follow their prescription:

  • Some patients reduce the dose on days when they feel fine, or they double it on bad days. 

  • Some patients skip doses to make their medication supply last longer (save money).

  • Some people fear the adverse effects of medication.

8 Tips to Help You Stick to Your Medication Routine

  1. Take your medication at the same time every day.

  2. Connect taking your medication with a daily routine, such as brushing your teeth.

  3. Keep a "medicine calendar" with your pill bottles and note each time you take a dose.

  4. Use a pill container.

  5. When using a pill container, refill it at the same time each week, like every Sunday morning after breakfast, for example.

  6. Purchase timer caps for your pill bottles and set them to go off when your dose is due.

  7. When traveling, be certain to bring enough of your medication – plus a few days extra – in case of delays.

  8. If you're flying, keep your medication in your carry-on bag.


Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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