Taking medicine as directed is important if you have a health condition

Picture of pill bottle for article about taking medicine

When you have a health condition, one of the best ways you can take care of yourself is by taking your medicine as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional.

That includes:

  • Getting your prescriptions filled
  • Remembering to pick them up from the pharmacy
  • Following instructions about your medicines when you get home, including taking the right amount at the right time
  • Continuing your medication as recommended by your healthcare provider

Not taking your medicine as directed can be bad for your health. It can lead to other health problems and impact your quality of life.

There are many reasons people don’t take their medicine as directed. They may be concerned about side effects. They may feel they don’t need the medicine or that the cost is too high. Or, they simply forget.

If you have questions about how your medicine works, why you need to take it, side effects, or other concerns, talk about it. Your doctor, pharmacist, nurse, or other healthcare provider can help you understand your health issue and all the things you can do to manage it — starting with taking your medicine as directed.

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