- Taking medication - rules
- Safe medication: time
Whether or not drug therapy is successful depends on how much medication is taken at the right dose, at the right time, and for the prescribed duration. That this is not always the case, studies show: About half of older patients do not take medication or not regularly.
5 guidelines for proper medication
The following five rules for taking medications should always be followed:
- The regulations of the doctor regarding Dosage and taking intervals Should you comply. Do not put the dose up or down on your own!
- If your complaints do not subside, get worse or if side effects Please visit your doctor.
- Your doctor will also need to know which other tablets you are taking. This helps him to clarify whether interactions between the different medications are possible.
- Before taking the medication read the leaflet exactly through. Keep the outer packaging with the package leaflet until the end of treatment.
- It is best always to store your medication at one cool and dry place, for example in your bedroom.
The right therapy
Medications are given for different reasons. There are different types of therapy:
- The causal therapy is a causal treatment and means the elimination of the cause of the disease. An example is the antibiotic, which kills bacteria and thus eliminates the cause of the infection.
- The opposite is the one symptomatic therapy, For example, the use of a painkiller for tooth discomfort. Here, the cause - namely the damage to the tooth - not eliminated, but the symptom pain. Chronic conditions such as heart failure or high blood pressure are also treated symptomatically with success because the cause of the diseases can not be eliminated. In toothache, on the other hand, causal therapy is going to the doctor. Therefore, it always has to be considered which therapy makes the most sense.
- At a Replacement therapy substances that are missing or can no longer be produced are added to the body, and some or all of them have to be replaced in this way, for example, insulin supplements for diabetes mellitus or a blood donation.
- A prophylactic therapy, so the precaution, is always used when the outbreak of a disease is to be prevented, for example, a preventive vaccine or to prevent a deficiency, for example, vitamins.
The right dosage form
Nowadays, medicines are available in very different dosage forms such as tablets, film-coated tablets, suppositories, dragees, drops, juice, ointments, patches and many more. Among other things, the following rules apply: