What happens if I stop taking my medications?

Goldina Erowele

The result of not taking the medications as prescribed has major health and economic impact. The cost of non-adherence is estimated to cost $100 billion annually.

When you stop taking medication, especially for chronic diseases, it leads to decreased productivity and increased disease morbidity, physician office visits, admissions to nursing homes, and death. Many studies have documented poorer health outcomes due to non-adherence, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and epilepsy.

One of the solutions - communication with your doctor prior to stopping and partnering with your local clinical pharmacists!

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many people forget to take their medication or just decide to stop because they feel better or do not think the medicine is working. Learn why this is a problem in this video with Dr. Oz and Pharmacist Nancy Nkansah.

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