Many conditions and illnesses require you to take medication on a daily basis. These medications are kept in your own home and it is down to you to take them as and when you need them.
Whilst this means that you don’t have to make regular visits to a doctor, there is the problem of medication non-adherence. Medication non-adherence is when you do not take your medications as they have been prescribed. This could be missing a dose, it could be taking them at the wrong time or perhaps not as directed.
When it comes to non-adherence there are a variety of reasons why people may end up not taking their medication as they should.
They miss a dose
One of the most common occurrences is that a dose is missed. This could be a dose within a day, or perhaps if you only take one dose a day, then missing this dose completely. Missed doses can reduce the level of medication in your body, which means they may not be effective. Other conditions can have some rather serious complications if you miss a dose.
They just forget
When it comes to regularly taking medication, the person may simply forget to take them. It can be hard to remember all of the medication that you need to take, particularly if you are taking several. Therefore, simply just forgetting one completely is more common than you may realise.
They might be worried about side-effects
Missing a dose of medication because you have forgotten about it is one thing. However, some people decide to deliberately miss a dose on their daily medicines. They may be worried about side-effects that they have had, or could have. This means that they don’t take the medicines as they have been prescribed, which can danger their health. It is a much better idea to speak to your doctor about any concerns or alternative medication.
Some people stop as they feel better
This particular reason for medication non-adherence is common. It’s especially prevalent amongst those who’ve been prescribed medication for mental health issues. People may start to feel better, feel the benefits of the medication that they have been taking, then decide to stop taking them. Mainly, because they feel better and they feel that they don’t need to take them anymore. It is not a good idea to stop any medications that you have been prescribed, even if you do feel better. Instead, you should talk to your doctor and ask for their advice.
Preventing medication non-adherence
If you’re concerned about your own or a loved one’s prescription, PillTime can help. We specialise in medication management. Having your doses organised can be a big help. Our clearly labelled pouches show you exactly when you need to take your medication. They encourage you to stay on track as part of a tailored treatment plan.
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