Some mistakes in life, like forgetting to let the dog out in time can cause a mess. But, when people forget to take medications or take them at the wrong time, more than just a minor mishap can occur. The CDC estimates that almost half of all medications filled at the pharmacy are taken incorrectly, and this includes timing. The consequences of not taking medication on time can range from minor to severe, depending on the type of drugs taken. Below are a few types of medications that must be taken according to doctor’s orders.
Taking birth control prevents pregnancy and is up to 99.9% effective. It’s essential women take birth control at the same time each day to maintain the right level of hormones in the system. Women should take the pill as soon as possible if a dose is missed and use another form of birth control until the whole pack is finished.
Insulin is a hormone that controls the level of glucose, or blood sugar, in the body. People who have diabetes might not have enough insulin in their body, or the body doesn’t use the insulin properly. This can cause sugar to back up in the body and overflow into the urine. Taking insulin to control blood sugar levels is necessary. But, if insulin isn’t taken at the correct times or at proper doses, it can cause dangerous, even deadly consequences. Longer acting insulin should generally be administered 15-20 minutes before a meal, and short-acting insulin can be injected less than 15 minutes before eating.
Sometimes, the thyroid fails to make enough thyroid hormones. This can lead to obesity, joint pain, heart disease, and infertility. People with low thyroid hormones can take a synthetic version. It’s important to take this medication first thing in the morning with water. Once swallowed, the patient shouldn’t eat or drink for at least an hour because foods rich in calcium and iron and some other foods and drugs decrease the absorption of the synthetic hormone.
More than 2 million people in the US take blood thinners every day. When administered correctly, blood thinner drugs work well to prevent blood clots and other dangerous heart conditions. Patients need to take blood thinners at the same time of day, every day. Never skip or double up on a dose. If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible during the same day.
Medication timing solutions
Using a pillbox with a slot for each day can help keep people stay on time with medications. There are apps available to set up reminders. Setting up a system that works is critical for proper medication timing.