Taking daily medicines is often one of the hardest things to
do. Here is a list of reasons people may not take medicines. Some
possible solutions are listed too.
Reasons people may not take medicines and some possible solutions
| Reason you might not take your
medicine|| Possible solutions|
Someone or something interrupts you when you are taking your
- Ask the person to wait a minute while you
take your medicine.
- Don't put your medicine down. Keep it in
your hand or on your lap. This way it remains in front of you, and you are less
likely to forget about it.
You make a change in what you usually do every day.
- Think about how the change will affect your
medicine schedule. Make sure there is still a convenient time to take your
- Always take your quick-relief medicine with
- Ask a friend to remind you.
- Place a reminder
someplace where you will see it, such as in your car or on a house key.
Something happens during the day so that you can't take
- Always keep extra medicines in your car
or on your person.
- Talk to your doctor about what you
should do if you miss a dose. Can you make it up?
You are out of medicine.
- Talk with your doctor or
pharmacist about how long your medicine will last, and use a calendar or day
planner to remind yourself to get new medicine.
- Get your refill
before your supply runs out.
- Ask your pharmacist to give you a
phone call a few days before you need to refill your prescription.
You feel good, so you don't take your medicine.
- Remember that you feel good because you are
taking the medicine.
- Make it a habit to take your medicine at
the same time that you do one of your daily activities, such as when you eat or
when you brush your teeth.
- Ask a family member or friend to remind
You take many medicines, and you are not sure what to take or
when to take it.
- Talk to your doctor or
pharmacist and write down what he or she tells you, or ask that a calendar be
set up for you.
- Use color-coding or "personalize" your medicine
in a way that will help you take the right medicine at the right time.
You just forget.
- Put a sign in the bathroom or on the
refrigerator as a reminder.
- Make it a habit to take your medicine at the same time that
you do one of your daily activities, such as when you eat or when you brush
- Ask a family member or friend to remind you.
You don't think the medicine is working.
- Remember that some medicines do not help
immediately but take time.
- Track your
peak expiratory flow. You may not notice a difference
when taking your medicine but your lung function may be
- Talk to your doctor.
You are having difficulty using an
inhaler or don't know how to use it.
- Get instruction on how to use an
- Use a
spacer with a metered-dose inhaler.
your doctor about medicines that do not require an
You have side effects or are worried about having them.
- Talk to your doctor about side
effects you are experiencing or that you worry about. You may be able to try
- If an upset stomach is a problem, ask your
doctor if you can take the medicine with a
- Remember that
corticosteroids are not the same as steroids that
athletes sometimes abuse to increase their performances or the size of their
muscles (anabolic steroids).
You may not be able to afford the medicines and medical care
that is needed to treat asthma.
- Get in touch with social services or
religious groups about possible help.
- Get in touch with Medicaid, a
government program that may be able to help you afford medicine and medical
- Talk to your doctor. He or she may have samples you can
- Contact the drug company or ask your doctor to do this. Some
drug companies have programs that help people get medicine if they cannot
Your mood or feelings may make it difficult to take the
- Have others remind you or gently encourage
you to take the medicine.
- See your doctor.