What is medication adherence?

Medical adherence means taking medicines as prescribed by the health care practitioner. This includes buying the right medicine, taking them on time and proper understanding of how and when to take them.

Common medication adherence issues:

There are many instances where people discontinue medicines or alter the dosages of their medicines without consulting medical professionals. People are known to take nonprescribed medicines along with prescribed medicines to control or manage unpleasant side-effects. There are some who stop taking medicines because the cost of medicines becomes burdensome for them.

How to address such issues:

Medicines should be taken properly as consequences of not following the doctor’s instructions could be grave, especially for seniors. The responsibility of patient education rests on the patient as well as on the doctor. When you, as a patient, are prescribed a medicine to take, it is important for you to know some things about the medicines prescribed.It is also important for the doctor to educate the patient regarding medications- general information, the dos and don’ts about prescribed medicines

Make sure you have the answers to these questions before you leave your doctor’s clinic:

  • What is this medication for?
  • Does it have anything I may be allergic?
  • How does it work?
  • What are the possible side-effects?
  • Dangers of interaction with other drugs or certain foods
  • What is the prescribed dosage and for how long do I have to take it?
  • Is taken after food or before food?
  • How do I store it?
  • What do I do if I forget to take my dosage?

Tips to help you take your medicines

  • If you take more than one medicine a day, it would help you to keep a comprehensive list with all the details about your dosages and when you need to take them.
  • Set an alarm or a reminder on your phone to make sure you take your medicines at the right time every single day.
  • Make sure that you have a reminder to go to the pharmacy to refill your stock of medicines before you run out of them completely.
  • Medicines have to be taken with a full glass of water unless your doctor advises you otherwise.
  • Keep a track of your side-effects
  • Ensure that there is not harmful drug-food interaction when you’re taking the medicine

To get the maximum benefit from medicines it’s important to take them every day at the same time and as it is prescribed by your doctor.

How One Life can help you in this?

At One Life we recognize the importance of patient education. Our team of doctors and nurses has experience in equipping their patients with all the information they need to know about their medications and how they have to be administered. You can contact us on 1800 425 19999 for more information or make an appointment with us.