A Medication (Which is also referred to as medicine or drug) is a substance used to treat, relieve symptoms of illness and prevent disease. E.g, paracetamol is a medication used to relieve the symptoms of pain.
Medications get into the body by a number of ways known as “routes”. One of the commonest route for medication is the orally (by mouth) which is in the form of tablets, capsules, liquids. However, if the sick patient cannot take drug orally, other routes can be employed.
When on medication, certain things/habits needs to be put in check in order for the drug or medicine to elicit its desired response in your body and as well prevent serious health hazards as a result of not properly handling them or taking them.
Queen Barima, ( a Pharmacist -in view) University of Port Harcourt outlines list of few things to be considered when on medication.
1) it is advisable to take your drugs/medicine (tablets or capsules) with water not only to make swallowing easier but because it helps prevent the drug from getting stuck in your esophagus (throat) which can cause much more than discomfort.
2) Do not take medication with milk. Milk has a way of reducing the effectiveness of drugs when it is been taken alongside with medication. In the case of Antibiotics, it binds to it and prevents the absorption of the drug(antibiotics) into the body.
3) Do not share your medication with others . The fact that it worked for you does not mean it will work for another person. We all have body systems that responds differently to certain medication. The Paracetamol or Panadol extra that worked for you might pose a threatening health condition to the next person.
4) if you find yourself reacting to a certain medication, stop taking it or contact your Doctor or pharmacist.
5) Always stick to the Doctors prescription. Going away from the Doctor’s/Pharmacist’s instruction may lead to taking an overdose or underdose which might pose a serious health problem or failure of the treatment process and in some cases Death.
6) While on any treatment, do well to stay around friends or loved ones so they can monitor your response to the treatment.
7) Just as the the saying goes, “Do not drink and Drive”. So also do not take your medications and drive afterwards or operate any machinery. Some medications have side effects such as drowsiness or dizziness .it is wise to get enough rest while on treatment.
8) Always contact your Doctor/Pharmacist before taking any medication. Do not self medicate. It is dangerous to do so.
Stay Healthy ! Stay Safe!