Have you or someone you know ever accidentally:
-Forgotten to take a medication?
-Forgotten if you’ve already taken your medication?
-Taken the wrong amount of a medication?
-Taken a medication at the wrong time?
You’re not alone. It is estimated that up to 50% of prescriptions are not taken as intended. Ensuring multiple medications are taken correctly on a daily basis can be a confusing and time-consuming process. However, it is very important. When medications are not taken correctly, it can negatively impact a person’s health in several ways:
-A medication may not be able to have its intended effect. You may not see the full benefit you could have from the medication. If the medication is not working, you may also be prescribed additional medications along with it that would otherwise not have been required
-If antibiotics are not taken correctly to treat infection it may lead to the bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic. The infection may return which will further increase the time that you are sick.
-You may find some side effects of medications can be worse if they are taken at certain times of day. They may also vary depending on if they are taken with or without food.
-Drug interactions between two or more medications may increase the amount or severity of side effects that you encounter. They may also reduce the effectiveness of one of the medications.
Fortunately, there are solutions to ensure you are getting the maximum benefit from your drugs. The first step is to make sure you are informed. Our pharmacists are happy to answer any and all of your questions and can also provide accurate, up-to-date information sheets to take home with you. Compliance packaging can be the next step to ensuring you receive the maximum benefit from your medications.