Medication Adherence

Are You Taking Medications as Prescribed?

Taking medications correctly as prescribed by your healthcare providers for the conditions intended is called medication adherence.  This includes getting prescriptions filled, remembering to take medication on time, and understanding the directions to take your medications.

There are some barriers to medication adherence :

  • the inability to pay for medications
  • disbelief that the treatment is necessary or helping
  • difficulty keeping up with multiple medications and complex dosing schedules
  • confusion about how and when to take the medication

At Reverence, we are here to help you with medication adherence.  if you take more than 5 medications and sometimes forget to take them or unable to open the bottles, ask your pharmacist  about DISPILL today! 

Poor adherence can interfere with the ability to treat many diseases, leading to greater complications from the illness and a lower quality of life for patients. Here are some examples of areas in which medication adherence can pose challenges, along with tips for taking medications correctly and talking with health care professionals about your questions and concerns.

Taking Antibiotics

If you feel better and no longer have symptoms, you may think your illness is cured. But if you have a bacterial infection, this can be a dangerous assumption.

If the full course of antibiotics is not taken, a small number of bacteria are likely to still be alive. These surviving germs are likely to have some natural resistance to the antibiotic. As they multiply and spread, a new strain of resistant germs may begin to develop.  It’s important to use antibiotics appropriately and to take the medication exactly as directed.

  • Take all doses of the antibiotic, even if the infection is getting better.
  • Don’t stop taking the antibiotic unless your doctor tells you to stop.
  • Don’t share antibiotics with others.
  • Don’t save unfinished antibiotics for another time.