There are many reasons why people don’t take their medicine as directed. Here are just a few:
Uncertainty. Many medicines work silently to prevent or control disease, so it’s hard to know if or how a medicine is working. Some people may not be convinced their medicine is worth taking.
Difficulty. Some medicines like injections or inhalers require a little more work to take. It might also be difficult if medicines need to be taken at different times of the day.
Fear or confusion. It may be difficult to keep up with multiple medicines, complex dosing schedules, and overwhelming amounts of information. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about these concerns and the confusion or worry they may be causing.
Side effects. Some medicines cause side effects or unpleasant reactions. It’s important to remember that, often, the benefits of medicines far outweigh the side effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions or concerns about side effects.
Cost. Some medicines may have higher costs. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about options to save money on copays such as generic medicines, preferred alternative medicines on your drug list, and patient prescription assistance programs.
Access to pharmacies. Getting to the pharmacy to pick up your medicines may be difficult. There are free home delivery options available such as Express Scripts Mail Order service.