For many who have health problems that prescriptions help, bad health outcomes don’t result from the progression of ailments the medicines are prescribed to treat. Instead, they occur as a consequence of not taking the medicines properly — a phenomenon known as “medication non-adherence”.
According to the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), “Poor adherence to prescribed medication is associated with reduced treatment benefits and can obscure the clinician’s assessment of therapeutic effectiveness.”
Furthermore, “Non-adherence is thought to account for 30% to 50% of treatment failures. Nonadherence leads to worse medical treatment outcomes and higher, avoidable hospitalization rates.”
Reasons for Non-Adherence
Medication non-adherence typically occurs in one of two scenarios: The patient doesn’t take the drug as prescribed, despite having the necessary information to do so; or the patient doesn’t take the med as prescribed due to not having all information needed for adherence.
Information required to take prescriptions properly is contained in the wording of medication flyers pharmacies include with the order. However, the long, dense paragraphs frequently found in the documents often go unread.
Many patients wrongly assume all they need to know about a prescription is how to take it in a way that’s not dangerous. They overlook the fact that taking a medication safely doesn’t necessarily equate to taking it efficaciously. For example, many patients fail to consider how when and what they eat could affect the action of a medication.
Below are four examples of food-related prescription information that often goes unread in prescription flyers, yet significantly affects how medication performs in the body. Following the information may not be a matter of life and death, but it can dramatically affect health outcomes. Drug Package offers medication vial labels for food-sensitive medications.
- Take With Food
Some medications should be taken with food to avoid stomach discomfort. Taking a medication with food can also increase its bio availability, as the body absorbs it during the digestive process. If a medicine should be dosed with food, and it isn’t, poor efficacy could the be result.
Take on an Empty Stomach
Taking some medications without food is as important as taking others with a meal. Just as food makes some medications more efficacious, it can make others less so, causing them to absorb too quickly.
- Avoid Certain Foods
Some medications shouldn’t be taken with certain foods, and it’s nearly impossible to guess what they are. For example, the antidepressant Trazodone shouldn’t be dosed with grapefruit juice, and tetracycline antibiotics shouldn’t be taken with milk. Taking medications with the wrong foods can cause their efficacy to be too weak or, in some cases, too strong.
Need Medication Vial Labels?
Drug Package LLC is proud to offer medication vial labels that communicate important information about medications and food to encourage medication adherence. To get these types of medication labels and others, place your order to us online, call us today at (800) 325-6137, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to supporting your pharmacy!