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What are some common errors that people make when taking medication?

Some of the most common errors people make when it comes to taking medication include:
  • Forgetting to take medication
  • Stopping before a medication is finished
  • Taking the wrong dose
  • Taking extra doses when a dose is missed
  • Taking medication with the wrong food or drink
  • Taking medication with other prescription or over-the-counter drugs, which can produce side effects
  • Not filling or refilling a prescription
Taking medications as prescribed can be challenging, especially if you need to take them for a long period of time. Taking medication daily is required for many conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, some types of asthma, and human immunodeficiency virus-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS). Taking medication on a regular basis is a behavior that can be developed into a habit, similar to changing your eating or exercise habits.
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