Improper Medication Management
“One of the errors people make is that they don’t take medications properly,” says Dr. Brown. It’s really important to follow a prescription and finish it, especially when it comes to antibiotics, as the infection might not be eradicated even though you feel better, says Dr. Brown. Also, many people are often reluctant to take medications so they are only partially treated for their health issue. For example, if your target blood pressure is 110/70 and with one medication you get to 135/85, that’s really not good enough, says Dr. Brown. A third issue is that patients stop medication without telling their doctor. “The discontinuation rates of medication are really high,” says Dr. Brown. It’s essential to discuss any changes with your doctor before going off a medicine, such as birth control. If you’re on multiple medications or seeing multiple doctors, it’s also very important to discuss all of your medications with a pharmacist or family doctor to manage the potential risks of interactions between your other drugs and diet, says Dr. Levine.