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Medication rules: How to take your medications correctly

To get the maximum benefit from your medications, it is important to take them exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
It is estimated that about half of people who take medications at any time do it the wrong way. Most simply delay their recovery, but others may even be putting their health at risk.

Basic rules when taking medications

Before you take a new medicine, make sure you know what it is used for, as well as the name and contact details of the doctor who prescribed it to you. Also, it is important to understand how to take it, such as what time of day, with or without food, and how to store it properly.
Taking your medicine correctly means that you are taking the right dose at the right time. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to take your medications.

Can I cut a pill in half?

While some pills are engraved in the middle and can be broken, many do not have a divider line. In this case, they can be crushed rather than cut. Also, some tablets are coated with gastroprotection in order to decompose only when they reach the large intestine. This means that if you cut them in half a large part (even half) of their active substance will not be absorbed by your body – and a large dose deviation could have serious clinical consequences for drugs with a narrow therapeutic-toxic range.

Long-acting or short-acting drugs, capsules, and prolonged-release drugs cannot be cut.

Before breaking any pill ask your doctor. DO NOT decide to do it yourself, because pills designed to be swallowed whole have certain toxic effects. If the doctor tells you that you can do it, use a pill separation device so that you can accurately distribute the dose and separate the pills only as needed. Keep in mind that air or moisture can change the composition and make your medicine less effective.


Use a box of pills – to make sure you take your medications at the right time every day. There are a variety of daily, weekly, or monthly pill boxes available.
Use a diary – to remember when to take your medications and note in the diary if you miss a dose
List all your medications – including over-the-counter medicines – and give a copy to your doctor

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