Taking medication exactly as your doctor recommends is not always as simple as it may seem. In fact, it can be quite complex. There are many factors that will make you either more or less likely to take your medication. Some of these factors include:
These are just a few of them. Not all may apply to you, but they will all enter into your decision to take a medication or not. Even if you decide you want to take a medication, it is not always easy to remember to take it. After all, we are humans, not elephants: sometimes we do forget. It can be a challenge to make taking medications a part of your daily routine, but it can become as natural as brushing your teeth or having a meal.
However, taking medications as prescribed is important. Using medications the right way will help you to:
Unfortunately many people do not take their medications correctly. Some interesting statistics include the following:
Not taking medications properly leads to unnecessary hospital admissions, illness, and even deaths. It also costs the health care system millions of dollars every year. Some interesting statistics include the following:
However, there is a lot you can do to help take your medication as prescribed. Speak to your pharmacist to learn more about how to take your medication and what to do if you are having trouble using it as prescribed.
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