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What is Medication Compliance? Four Scenarios

what-is-medication-complianceMedication compliance is a term used to describe whether or not patients take medication based on the prescriber’s directions. Adherence is linked with good health outcomes, whereas non-compliance often leads to poor health outcomes. Because not all dosing regimens are the same, medication compliance must be evaluated based on how a medication is prescribed in terms of frequency and duration of dosage. Below are four examples of what we mean.

  1. Maintenance Medication

Maintenance medications are typically prescribed for the “maintenance” of a chronic health condition for which there isn’t a clear cut cure. Because management of the condition must be maintained, maintenance medications are often taken daily. Examples of maladies that require daily dosing to achieve adherence include: heart problems, clinical depression, and nerve pain. When maintenance medication is taken haphazardly, the malady typically increases in severity.

  1. Short-Term Medication

Short-term medication is commonly prescribed for three weeks or less. During the dosage period, the patient is often directed to take the medication daily — and, sometimes, more than once a day. Short-term medications are typically used for health conditions that are distressing but often resolve on their own. Common examples of conditions for which short-term medication is prescribed include: bouts of clinical anxiety, disabling muscle cramps, and the common flu.

  1. As-Needed Medication

Medication compliance for medications that are taken on a PRN basis is frequently difficult to judge. Patients often don’t take these medications daily — and, sometimes, weeks go by between doses. Therefore, the health of the patient is one of the primary determinants of adherence. Common examples of conditions for which as-needed medication is prescribed include: generalized anxiety that ebbs and flows, occasional joint pain, and heartburn.

  1. Single Dose Medication

Because most medications are prescribed to be taken more than once within a single course of treatment, single dose medications tend to be rare in the practice of general medicine. However, there are notable examples of medications that are commonly taken in a single dose, such as: bowel cleansing solutions that prepare patients for lower endoscopies, anti-anxiety medications that are prescribed for a single, stressful event, and experimental meds for professional test trials.

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If so, applying protocols for adherence should begin with understanding the frequency and duration of dosage for the medication in question. Drug package can supply your hospital or pharmacy with medication labels and patient chart labels that clearly identify this information. In addition, we can supply blister card packaging that makes it easier to take medication as directed and thus helps to improve medication compliance across all patient populations.

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