Not Taking Your Prescribed Medications on Time, or at All?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-09-18 04:44:32 -0500
Started 2012-09-16 15:05:24 -0500

It’s often referred to as the nation’s “other drug problem.”

A surprisingly large number of people who are prescribed a medicine — including for a
chronic illness — do not take it as directed by their doctor or pharmacist.

Some people never fill the prescription.

Some quit taking a drug before they are supposed to. Others forget to take doses. And some people take much less or more of a medicine than they should.

This lack of “adherence” or “compliance” — as doctors refer to it — is a substantial
medical problem of its own. It causes unnecessary hospitalizations and suffering, hundreds of thousands of premature deaths per year, and tens of billions of dollars in preventable health care costs.

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Before you stop taking your prescribed medications, talk it over with you doctor or pharmacist.


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granniesophie 2012-09-17 07:05:49 -0500 Report

And then there are the times when the docs just throw pills at you in hopes that they will help and they don't even know what the underlying problem is! I have stopped several drugs lately after a few days due to adverse reactions or making pain worse that they were designed to help. It's sometimes necessary to stop a drug that is doing more harm. Sometimes it can be difficult to reach your doc-and you know your own body so you must do what is right for you. Usually I have been told-a week later when I fianlly get a call back, that I did the right thing, and let's try this pill instead! No, let's find out what's wrong first! I have refused to fill perscriptions in thei case-ya kinda want to know what the heck you have before throwing pills at it! One explanation does not fit all.

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