3.17 What if I forget to take my pills?
The following information is a guide in case you missed a dose of meds.
If you realise you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
BUT, if you only realise when you’re going to take your next dose, DO NOT take a double dose.
- Almost everyone will forget or be late with their drugs at some time. But there is a difference between occasionally missing a dose, and regularly forgetting on a daily or weekly basis. You need to aim to take all your doses at approximately the right time.
You may be regularly taking your meds late or missing doses.
- If you are missing many doses each week it may be better to talk to your doctor about using meds that have less risk of resistance – or in extreme cases stopping treatment.
- This would only be to help support you to get a more organised schedule. Stopping treatment is not recommended otherwise.
- This would limit your risk of resistance. You can restart treatment later when you are able to cope better.
There may be an easier combination that you can use.
- Some people hate lots of pills. Some hate fatty foods or having to eat breakfast. Some people will always have trouble with taking medicine at work during the day.
- All these things are important in deciding which combination will suit you best.
You have to follow your regimen everyday.
- Adherence includes both during the weekend, and in the different situations involved in life.
- Taking days off is a risky way of using treatment.
- There are always things that can help you to avoid missing doses, whatever your lifestyle.
Last updated: 1 January 2016.