According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, medication is not taken as prescribed 50% of the time. 20 to 30% of new prescriptions are never filled at the pharmacy.  Only 51% of patients taking medications for high blood pressure continue taking their medication during long-term treatment.

Here are some reasons why patients are not able to adhere to the medication regimen.

  1. Unpleasant side effects
  2. Forgetfulness
  3. Unable to fully understand the directions
  4. Multiple medications 
  5. Medicine cost. 
  6. Some are not able to afford the prescriptions and sometimes take less than what is prescribed by their provider.

Here are some tips to help you become med compliant.

  1. Take your medication with your daily routine such as getting ready for bed or brushing your teeth. 
  2. Take your medication at the same time every day.
  3. Use a pill container that can be subdivided for morning, lunch, or evening dosages.
  4. When refilling your pill container do it at the same time each week.
  5. When traveling ensure that you bring enough of your medicine and a few extra days in case there are delayed flights.
  6. Put your medication in your hand-carry to avoid luggage being lost. Different temperatures inside the cargo hold can alter your medications.
  7. You may use a medicine calendar and note each time you take a dose.

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