Medications are prescribed to treat symptoms and to manage medical conditions or mitigate the risk of future events. It’s important to take the right medication at the right time and in the right dose. When we don’t take medications properly, it can lead to ineffectiveness, side effects and possibly even harm.
There are many reasons why someone may not take their medications properly. Patients may stop taking their medications because they’re confused by the directions, they feel the medications aren’t working, or because of the side effects. Cost can be another barrier to taking medications properly. Some patients may skip doses or reduce frequency to extend the medication so that it lasts longer.
Pharmacists are a great option for helping people manage their medication.