In what way should I take my medicine?

You can usually choose the time of day you take the medicine so that it best suits your lifestyle. You should then connect taking the medicine to your own daily rhythm to make it easier to remember to take the medicine. In the case of medicines taken as required, taking them is not bound to any specific time; you take the medicine when the symptoms so require.

  • You can usually choose the time of day you take your medicine yourself
  • However, you must take courses of medicine and medicines intended for long-term use every day at the same time
  • With medicine taken several times a day, you should check whether the medicine must be taken at even intervals. One antibiotic tablet three times a day, for example, means taking a tablet every eight hours
  • Medicines taken as required are taken when symptoms cause trouble. Sometimes, medicine should be taken immediately after the initial symptoms, for example, in the case of migraine
  • Some medicines are taken at a certain time of the day. Several cholesterol medicines, for example, are taken in the evening because the body generates most cholesterol during the night

For example, you can take a painkiller when pain increases, and a quick-relief asthma medicine when you have an asthma attack. However, you should not exceed the daily maximum dose specified in the instructions. The time of day at which some medicinal substances should be taken is strictly prescribed, for example, when there are variations related to the time of the day in the body's functions. In medication, these rhythms are taken into consideration in such a way that the medication is harnessed to support the functioning of the body as well as possible. For example, cortisone tablets are taken in the morning in order not to disrupt the body's own hormone production.

Some medicines should be taken at a certain time of day to avoid adverse effects. As an example, diuretics (such as hydrochlorothiazide), which eliminate fluids from the body and increase the need to urinate, should be taken in the morning so that bathroom breaks will not disturb your sleep at night. It is good to take fatigue-inducing medicines in the evening, when their tiring effect can even be beneficial.

Examples:

1 tablet 3 times per day.

In the case of antibiotics, you should aim to take the medicine evenly every eight hours around the clock. We recommend timing when you take your medicine so that you do not have to wake up during the night to take it, for example, at seven in the morning, three in the afternoon, and eleven at night. Taking your medicine as regularly as possible keeps the concentration of the medicinal substance in your system at a steady level throughout the course of medication, which ensures that the bacteria do not get the chance to spread again.

1 tablet once per day.

If this is a cholesterol medicine, take it in the evening, because the body generates cholesterol during the night. If this is, for example, antibiotics or birth control, you can take the medicine at any time during the day. The most important thing is to take the medicine at the same time every day.