The habit that could be making
you sick

Picture of woman and pillbox for taking medications article

“Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” C. Everett Koop, MD, Former Surgeon General of the United States

Are you making yourself sick? You may be if you’re not taking medicine as prescribed. Many people don’t fill their prescriptions, take medicine the wrong way, or stop taking it too soon. This could cause illness, hospitalization, and even death.

Some people who aren’t taking medications as directed say it’s because keeping up with medicines is expensive, or it’s confusing to keep all the prescriptions straight. Although the demands of daily life can be great, it’s important to take care of yourself. Your family counts on you, and taking your medication as prescribed can help you manage your health conditions. There are ways to help you stick to the medicine plan prescribed by your healthcare provider.

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