Whether you’re taking prescription drugs for short-term problems or you’re prescribed medication for a longer period of time, it’s important to take your medications as prescribed. By not following the instructions, you can contribute to poor health and treatment failure.
Studies among patients with cardiovascular disease have recently shown that 44% of patients forget their medications, 8% quite often. “Watch your medications. Display the prepared list of medications with dosages in a prominent place or use dosage boxes. If you can, take advantage of modern technology, such as various applications that will alert you to the use of medicines. says prof. Miroslav Soucek, MD, guarantor of the Heart in the Head project.
Many see other specialists in addition to their general practitioner. “For example, patients suffering from hypertension should always and accurately inform their physician and all specialists about the medications they are taking. This will greatly reduce the risk of overdose. Some combitions of cholesterol-lowering drugs and some antibiotics can also be dangerous as they can damage muscle cells.” claims MUDr. Soucek.
To choose or not to choose?
As soon as the patient gets better, he often does not finish the prescribed application. However, the bacteria that caused the disease may still persist in the body, and stopping medications prematurely can cause problems. For example, it can lead to a return of the disease and often worsening of symptoms. Therefore, for all medications you take, it is important to discuss your overall treatment plan with your doctor and learn about all the risks associated with missing pills.
Storage and durability
✔ Normal storage temperature is 25 to 30°C.
✔ Medicines should be stored in the refrigerator at a temperature of 2-8°C.
✔ Check the expiration date of pain medicines or allergy medications.
✔ Do not throw expired medicines in the trash, take them to the pharmacy.
✔ Ointments and medicines mixed in a pharmacy have a short shelf life.