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How to take medication correctly

Status: 02/20/2017 10:25 a.m. | archive
To avoid problems, medication should only be taken with tap water.

Take a medication in the morning with a mug of coffee or stir the tablet into the muesli to make swallowing easier. That doesn't sound bad, but it can have nasty consequences. Because there are drugs that, in combination with milk, coffee or other beverages, such as grapefruit juice, lose their effectiveness or have undesirable effects. "We physicians then speak of interactions. These can be harmful. It is therefore advisable to always take medication with still tap water. This is neutral, interactions are excluded," explains the Hamburg doctor Dr. Johannes Wimmer.

The right time is also important

The time of ingestion also plays an important role so that the tablets can develop their full effect. However, the information on the package insert is not easy to understand. Before eating, for example, does not mean at lunch just before you take your first bite, but about an hour before. After eating means about two hours after the meal.

This is how it works with swallowing

Capsules, film tablets or normal tablets: every drug has certain properties that play a role when it is taken.

Many people find it difficult to put a tablet in their mouth and swallow it. If you do it right, it's very easy. Place the tablet on your tongue and put your lips around the neck of a water bottle. Now tilt your head back and take a sip of water, keeping your lips tightly closed around your neck.

It works a little differently with capsules. Take the capsule in your mouth with a large sip of water. Then lay your head on your chest. The capsule automatically moves towards the throat because it floats on the water. Then swallow and tilt your head back. After taking it, drink some more water and take a few steps up and down, then the tablet will definitely slide down.

Posture is also crucial when swallowing pills. Never swallow pills while lying down, otherwise they can get stuck in the esophagus. Stand up, or better yet, stand up. Rinse the tablet or capsule down with plenty of water.

Divide tablets correctly

If you want to share tablets, you should always use the score line as a guide.

Sometimes doctors only prescribe a half or a quarter of a tablet. When it comes to sharing, accuracy is key. It is best to use a tablet divider from the pharmacy and divide the tablet using the pre-cut break notches. Important to know: Not all tablets may be divided or even pulverized. Caution should be exercised if a tablet is not scored. In most cases, these are so-called film-coated tablets. They have a special layer that is supposed to protect them from light, moisture or acid. If this layer is damaged, the effectiveness of the drug can be impaired.

Forgot tablet - do not increase dose

Of course, it can happen that you forget to swallow a pill. So what? "Most of the time it's not a drama, because there is a certain level of the substance in the blood," explains Dr. Whimper. "But under no circumstances should you swallow a double dose the next time without prior consultation. This can lead to significant overdoses and problems with heart medication, for example." In principle, it is important to take it regularly. If you have to take several medications, it is best to use a pill sorter from the pharmacy to keep track of which pill is next.

Store medication optimally

Incorrect storage can also impair the effectiveness of medication. Rooms that are humid and warm, such as bathrooms or kitchens, are not suitable. A dry, cool and dark place, such as a drawer, is ideal.

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