Medications – As Directed?

Half of the 3.2 billon Rxs dispensed annually are not taken as prescribed.

       Are you surprised by this fact?

Man is different for other “animals” due to our ability to rationalize-defined as attempt to explain or justify (one’s own or another’s behavior or attitude) with logical, plausible reasons, even if these are not true or appropriate’.

So why is the above statistic not surprising? My take-here goes:

“I’ll save the remainder for next time I’ve the same thing.”

“Feel better so really do not need the ‘over kill.”

“I’ll save and use for others when the get the same thing or catch ‘what I got.”

FIND OUT! When handed a prescription (chemicals to put into your body for ‘good’) ask do I really need this? Ask under what circumstances, if any, can I stop before finishing all the pills? Some many viral infections resolve wither or not on antibiotics.

 

 

 

WHEN TAKING MEDICATION (MEDS) USE COMMON MEDICAL SENSE

 Otherwise it likely will NOT help you

  • Always take pills with 8 oz of water unless specifically stated

  • Read carefully if should be taken on an empty stomach or with a meal, new generation antibiotics are to be taken specific hours before or after meals-SO READ printed material carefully that comes with your prescription meds.

  • Always take meds at the same time of day.

  • Read the information on how to care/store the meds – typically the storage environment should be between 20° and 25°C (68° to 77°F), but it can vary between 15° and 30°C (59° and 86°F).

  • Realize mail order medications CAN sit in a mailbox and on a non-air-conditioned delivery truck.

  • Not all meds start to work immediately some require weeks to build up/have