Doctors’ tips on taking your medicine correctly

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

It may be a pharmacy urban legend but there is this ageless story of a doctor prescribing rectal suppositories to a patient.  On the follow-up visit the doctor asked if the suppositories helped and the patient replied, “No doc. It just falls right back out still wrapped in that aluminum foil.” It may or may not be true but I always write directions to unwrap suppository, then insert rectally.

In our March/April issue of James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor we asked physicians what were common mistakes they see patients make when it comes to taking medicines.  We now have the article, “Top 10 Medication Mistakes: Doctors’ tips on taking your medicine,” up on our web home page.  If you have time, take a read.  You might learn something new.

If you do, I would love to know your comments including any additional tips you might add.

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4 Responses to “Doctors’ tips on taking your medicine correctly”

  1. Sagan Says:

    Very useful article. One mistake we’ve found at the vet clinic I work at is that people will be giving their dogs digestive enzymes with a big heaping spoonful rather than a leveled off spoon… luckily the stuff is super safe so it doesn’t hurt the animal, but it’s still expensive when they go through it twice as fast! So now we’re really careful to explain that they need to use a measuring spoon rather than a spoon you’d eat cereal with.

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  2. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Thanks Sagan, good points and something I haven’t thought of.

  3. Dr. J Says:

    LOL! Proper instructions with taking medications makes all the difference.

    Dr. Js last blog post..Dr. J will see you now: On eating your way through festivals and fairs

  4. James Hubbard Says:

    How true, Dr. J

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