Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can play an important role in your everyday health. However, they can also delay your treatment or even worsen your symptoms if they aren’t used properly.
All medications come with directions from the manufacturer, and you need to make sure you follow them carefully. This is especially true for prescription medications, as doctors specifically tailor their dosage and interaction with other chemicals to fit your physical characteristics and medical history.
Here are some guidelines for taking medications:
- Be honest about all over-the-counter and prescription medications you’re taking when speaking to a health care professional. Doctors have to account for interactions between medications and other chemicals in order to ensure that a prescription is safe.
- Make a schedule for your medications or include them in your daily routine so you don’t accidentally miss a dose. If you do happen to miss a dose, never attempt to get back on schedule by “doubling up” on the medication later.
- Always take the recommended dose of a medication for as long as it’s prescribed to you. Even if you feel better before you finish taking a medication, you may not be fully treated.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor. If you’re experiencing negative side effects from your medication or if you’re having trouble following a medication’s directions, your doctor can makes changes to your prescription or dosage in order to best suit your needs.