What is Medication Adherence?
Medication adherence, or drug compliance, is how well you take your medications as prescribed. This means you are taking the right dosage, the right way, at the right time and frequency as prescribed by your doctor.
Empower a Healthier You through Medication AdherenceKnow Your Medication
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Understanding Your Prescription
Medicines are prescribed by your doctor to keep you healthy and prevent other health conditions from occurring. This is how your prescription will typically look on your medication bottles:
Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about the information on your medications.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Talk to your healthcare provider before starting a new medication. They can provide you with helpful tips and answer any questions you may have, such as:
- Is there a generic or alternative available?
- How often should I take it?
- What time of the day should I take it?
- Are there over-the-counter medications that should not be taken with my medication?
- How will I know my medicine is working?
- What should I do if I forget to take a dose or two of my medication?
- Should I take it with food or on an empty stomach?
- Are there any medicines or food I should avoid?
- What if I want to stop taking my medication?
Improving Your Medication Adherence
Medication adherence is essential to staying healthy, but only about 50% of people take their medications as prescribed.
Develop a routine and take your medicine at the same time as another regular activity, such as brushing your teeth, drinking coffee or eating a meal.
Use a pillbox that has compartments for the pills you should take each day at a specific time.
Set your alarm clock or timer as a reminder.
Keep a calendar with your medicine schedule and make a note of when you take each dose.
Color-code your medicine bottles with stickers. Use different colors for different times of the day.
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This information is provided for general informational purposes. Information contained in this communication is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider regarding your healthcare needs.