What kind of medicine can be given at home?
Intravenous or IV injections are given into a vein. Some injections can be given at home but most are given at your doctor’s surgery or in hospital. These medicines are absorbed through the skin, such as nicotine patches for help in giving up smoking, or contraceptive implants.
What’s the best way to take your medication?
Make sure you take your medication exactly the way your doctor or pharmacist advises you to and for as long as they tell you to. Tell your doctor about all the medication you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and herbal supplements, as they may cause side effects or more serious problems.
Why do some medicines only come in one type?
Be aware, though, that some medicines (particularly rare or unusual ones) only come in one type. Also, some may be more effective in one type than another. The active part of the medicine is combined with a liquid to make it easier to take or better absorbed.
What to know before taking any new medication?
Before taking any new medication or therapy, let your doctor or pharmacist know if you: are taking any other medication, including over-the-counter medication, vitamins and herbal supplements, prescription and non-prescription therapies and illegal drugs have kidney, liver or cardiac (heart and blood vessel) disease.
When is the best time to take my meds?
Take your medication at the same time every day. Tie taking your medications with a daily routine like brushing your teeth or getting ready for bed. Before choosing mealtime for your routine, check if your medication should be taken on a full or empty stomach.
What’s the best way to take your medications?
Take your medication at the same time every day. Tie taking your medications with a daily routine like brushing your teeth or getting ready for bed. Before choosing mealtime for your routine, check if your medication should be taken on a full or empty stomach. Keep a “medicine calendar” with your pill bottles and note each time you take a dose.
Can a generic drug be used for more than one use?
One exception is if the brand-name drug is approved for more than one use and that use is protected by patents or exclusivities. A generic medicine can omit the protected use from its labeling and only be approved for a use that is not protected by patents or exclusivities, so long as that removal does not take away information needed for safe use.
Why do you need to take your medications as prescribed or instructed?
Taking your medicine as prescribed or medication adherence is important for controlling chronic conditions, treating temporary conditions, and overall long-term health and well-being.