Can Drugs Be Taken After The Specified Hour?
Hello doctor, I want to ask. a few days ago I visited a depressive physician and from the results of the consultation I got two types of medication morning and night with the provisions of morning medicine taken if needed. my question is if I don’t need it in the morning and just need it before noon, can I still drink it? Is it okay with the dosage level or something like that? because I am quite lay in this problem, Thank you
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. We understand your confusion. The case of drug consumption and drug dosage is indeed an important thing but it is rarely considered by ordinary people so that the performance of drugs in the body is not optimal.
In most medicines, you will be asked to take it either once a day, twice a day, three times and so on. For drugs that need to be taken regularly, such as antibiotics, diabetes medications, high blood pressure medications or depression drugs like you have, the most appropriate suggestion for keeping the content stable in the blood is not how many times a day, but every few hours.
For drugs that are asked to be taken 3 times a day, actually it should be taken every 8 hours, because 24 hours a day divided by 3 is 8. Or concretely, at 6 am, then at 2 pm, then at 10 pm. This will make the drug content is always stable. If the womb starts to decrease after consumption in the morning, there is immediately a new drug that increases the womb again. If 2 times a day, it means it should be consumed every 12 hours, or for example at 7 in the morning and 7 at night, and if once a day, it means at the same hour every day, for example every 9 o'clock in the morning.
Of course if you forget, do not immediately take two doses because it can make the womb in the blood is very high. You can consume immediately when you remember and change the order of the hours or better yet, consult directly with the doctor who treats you.
Another case with drugs that are recommended to use is if necessary. Such drugs, because they work short and are not needed to always have their contents in the blood, such as headache medications or cough medicines, do not have to always have the same range. What this medicine has is the maximum dose in a day. For example, certain cold medicines are consumed if necessary, but a maximum of only 1000 mg in a day or a maximum of 3 tablets with a break for example 2 hours between tablets. So it does not have to be regular, but there is a minimum pause and a maximum dose limit. So in your case, it doesn't matter if you take it in the afternoon. If there are still things you are confused about, it would be more if you ask your doctor directly to avoid misunderstandings. So, hopefully answering your question.