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Tips for Sticking to a Medication Routine

Posted Mar 6th, 2012 by Patient Assistance Team

It is estimated that between one in four and one in five Americans do not take their medications correctly. Not only does this contribute to countless preventable drug errors, but it also underscores the increasing need for clear communication between the patient and their medical provider.

Sometimes referred to as “medicine compliance,” taking your medication at the appropriate time and for the appropriate amount of time is an unfortunate problem for many adults. But many of the reasons for the lack of medication compliance can be simply corrected by talking to your medical provider or pharmacist.

Voicing your concern about the primary reason why you are having trouble sticking to your medication routine allows your medical provider an opportunity to address the challenge with a solution. For instance, if you have trouble taking your medication because the pills are just too large, your provider might be able to prescribe an easy-to-swallow capsule or he or she may be able to recommend a device that allows you to split your pill safely, making it easier for you to take it.

Medication compliance can be a challenge for a number of other reasons: Forgetfulness, too many pills to take, cost of medications, side effects and not understanding how to take your medication. Whatever your reason, speak with your medical provider about your challenge. He or she will be able to work with you and address the barriers that keep you from taking your medications when you should.