How to Stop Missing Doses of Your Oral Medication
Kopa for Psoriasis discusses the challenges of taking oral medications when managing a chronic condition and tips for adhering to a prescribed treatment regimen, according to experts including Elizabeth Schulman, MD, rheumatologist at HSS.
Dr. Schulman said, “When you’re prescribed a medication, it’s in your best interest to take it exactly as it’s been prescribed. That’s the best way for us to gauge how well the medication is working.”
Unclear directions and forgetfulness can make it difficult to stick with an oral treatment plan. Dr. Schulman explained it can be hard to keep instructions straight, especially when taking multiple medications that may be separated by time or taken on am empty stomach or with food.
“People’s lives are busy—they may not remember to take medications. Especially if you have an afternoon or evening dose—those are often more easily missed,” she added.
Schulman recommended being forthright with a healthcare provider to address any concerns and clear up confusion. “Medications can be complicated, and oftentimes there’s not much time during your visit. So, ask any questions or clarifications, and make sure you’re on the same page with your doctor,” she noted.
Schulman also suggested using a pill box organizer or setting up phone reminders. “Patients who are tech savvy—especially busy parents or people who are working and have many things going on in their lives—have found success using alerts on their phone or different apps with medication reminders,” she added.
“The most important thing is making sure the medication fits into your lifestyle, and it’s not an extra burden. The more accessible it is, the more adherent you’ll be,” said Schulman.
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