Did you miss a dose of your medication - again?
3 min read • It's happened to all of us. You're rushing out the door to catch a train, or getting ready for bed, when you realize you've forgotten to take your medication. For some people, forgetting a dose here and there isn't a big deal. But if you're taking medications for a chronic condition, missing doses can be dangerous - even life-threatening. According to the World Health Organization, poor adherence to prescribed medications is responsible for approximately 50% of treatment failures and 25% of hospitalizations worldwide. In the United States alone, it's estimated that 125,000 deaths each year are due to non-adherence. Medication non-adherence describes the situation where someone doesn't take their medications as prescribed by their doctor. This could mean not taking them at all, or only taking them sometimes. It could also mean not taking them in the right way - for example, skipping doses or not finishing a course of antibiotics. There are many reasons why people might miss doses of their medication. Some people find it hard to remember to take their pills every day (or multiple times per day). Others may forget because they don't have access to their medications - for example, if they're traveling or away from home. "Patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease often have complex regimens requiring multiple pills at different times throughout the day," says Dr. Sarah Samaan, cardiologist and author, "This can be tough for anyone to keep track of but especially challenging as we get older and our memory starts declining." In short, it's easy for everyone to forget to take doses of medication. And missing doses can have health consequences. If you're looking for tips and tricks to help you remember to take your medications, read on.