GEHA | July 18, 2019
Do you take your medicine as prescribed? Five out of 10 people don’t. Do you know you are putting your health at risk if you don’t?
People don’t take their medicine as prescribed for various reasons. Perhaps you don’t understand the directions, you forget or have several medications with different regimens. The medicine doesn’t seem to be working or you don’t like a side effect. Maybe you can’t afford to fill the prescription or you take less to make the prescription last longer.
Taking your medicine as prescribed is important for controlling chronic conditions, treating temporary conditions, and overall long-term health and well-being.
Nine helpful tips
Communicate with your health care professional. If a side effect is bothering you, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. You might be able to switch to a different medication or adjust the timing of your dose.
Tell your doctor if paying for your prescription is a problem. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a generic medication or offer other suggestions to offset the cost of the drug. You may be eligible for drug assistance programs in your state. Some pharmaceutical companies offer assistance programs, too.
“Are You Taking Medication as Prescribed?” fda.gov, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 9 June 2009.
“Why You Need to Take Your Medications as Prescribed or Instructed.” fda.gov, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 16 February 2016.