If most people are like me they will admit they do not like taking medicines (I know you are screaming…you are a pharmacist for crying out loud…but which coffin maker loves to be in one someday?). Hopefully these tips will help you help you fight the good fight and take it till the end.
Figure out why you do not want to take the medication
Is the medicine causing some unsupportable side effects? Do you have a phobia for tablets/syringes? Or are you feeling better and want to stop? Whatever the reason, do an in-man check to find the root cause.
Improve your relationship with you pharmacist/doctor
The better your doctor and pharmacist know you, the better they know what medicines best suit you. Say you are a busy person or forgetful, it may be better to give you a 1 tablet a day than one three times a day. If you are sweet tongued, a syrup may suit you better. They can even help on reducing the cost (not quality) of your treatment plan and if you have allergies etc.
Try taking your meds at the same time and maybe same place daily. This especially true for patients suffering from chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension. It will soon be like brushing your teeth (hopefully you do not forget to do this too)
We are in a tech world, you can put alarms, or better still download apps that remind you to take your medications. If you are tech challenged, ask a friend or family member to help remind you.
See the bigger picture
After all is said and done and you still do not feel like taking your meds, close your eyes and swallow that drug…I mean what other choice do you have? Not take them and get worse? That’s more sick days and waste of resources.
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About the author
Dr. Ekwoge Hilda is a trained pharmacist from Cameroon and Co-founder of HILPharma. When she is not busy creating content, she slings pills to pay the bills.