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Don’t Make These 4 Medication Excuses

When it comes to your medication, fess up—do you always take it as prescribed? Here are four common medication excuses and how to overcome them.

1.      It cost too much.

If your meds are pricey, ask your doctor about a generic or less expensive option. He or she may know of pharmaceutical assistance programs that help with the cost of drugs. And check with your insurance company to see if it discounts meds if you order directly from the company.

2.      I forgot!

If you’re not used to taking medicine, you may forget to take it. Make a note on your calendar or do it before or after something else you do regularly, like brushing your teeth.

3.      It caused side effects I didn’t like.

If you experience side effects, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about how to lessen them.

4.      I felt better, so I stopped taking it.

You must finish a full course of medication for it to work properly.

Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia, MSN, APRN, MSHE, FNP-BC
Online Medical Reviewer: Kenneth Turley, Raymond, BSN, MSN, RN
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2019
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