Have a question about your health?
“Do I need to finish my medication if I already feel better?”
“How soon can I start exercising after having surgery?”
“Do I really need to take that pill on an empty stomach?”
Your Express Scripts Canada pharmacist is a healthcare professional with a wealth of knowledge on a wide range of health topics. If you have a question about your health or medication, chances are, your Express Scripts Canada pharmacist knows the answer.
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I take several ongoing medications, and I sometimes miss a few doses. Is that a problem?
Answer from Express Scripts Canada Pharmacist, Jessica Lau:
Excellent question. Thanks!
Whether you are taking medication for diabetes, high cholesterol, depression or birth control, the answer is yes. Missing doses is a problem that we call medication non-adherence. Your doctor uses their medical expertise when prescribing the right amount of the right medicine to make sure that you get the greatest possible benefit from your treatment, and sticking to his or her instructions is very important.
Examples of non-adherence can include taking less than the prescribed dose to save money, or that you run out of pills and take a few days to get to the drug store for your refill. In some cases, it’s simple forgetfulness. Whatever the reason, the effects can be damaging to your health.
When you are taking ongoing medication for a chronic condition, you may not feel any difference right away but it’s important that you keep taking the medication your doctor prescribed.
Remember, non-adherence may be bad for your long-term health, accounting for around 5% of all hospital and doctor visits in Canada.
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