FOLLOWING THE PRESCRIPTION: KNOWLEDGE, WILL AND POWER
It is not always easy to follow the doctor’s prescription. The reasons giving for not taking medication regularly or stopping it can usually be divided into three categories: knowledge, will and power.
Knowing the reason (s) why our medication is erratic can help us correct the situation.
# 1 Knowledge
It is important to know why a medication is prescribed and its expected effect.
You must also be aware of your illness and what may happen in the future because of it.
This helps to understand the importance of taking your medication as prescribed and to be realistic in your expectations of the treatment.
You must also make sure you understand how to take the medication (once, twice, three times per day, the expected duration of the treatment, etc.) and potential side effects. If any of these effects occur, you will recognize it and will inform your health care professional to minimize or eliminate it, if possible.
# 2 The will
Your motivation to follow a treatment is essential. Indeed, not completely accepting your diagnosis and its possible complications or not believing that medications are necessary to treat your condition plays a big role in compliance.
Do not hesitate to discuss your fears or hesitations related to your health problem or your treatment with your doctor or pharmacist. This could help you and your health care professionals understand you better and perhaps find other treatment options.
# 3 Power
This aspect of compliance is mostly about your memory or your functional abilities.
Whether you feel as though the therapeutic diet is too complex (large number of pills, number of times in a day to take the medication, etc.) or a functional limitation (difficulty opening the pill bottles or to use a device), solutions are available to help you.
Remember, your pharmacist can help you find options to simplify the situation.
For example, to remember to take your medication, it is possible to program an alarm at the right time.
Also, you can ask your pharmacist to simplify your treatment as much as possible. In some cases, after your doctor agrees, it is possible to try alternatives that require taking medication once a day rather than several times a day, or to combine two tablets into one.
The use of a pillbox could also be an interesting option to facilitate the taking of medications.
Many other options are available to help you adhere to your treatments; do not hesitate to ask for help if you feel the need to find personalized tips for you.
In summary, therapeutic compliance i.e. the regular taking of your medication is a major issue to ensure and maintain your health.