By: Amanda Daniels, PharmD, PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident in Pain and Palliative Care, Hospice of Southern Illinois
October is American Pharmacists Month and we are excited to present to you a series of myths throughout the month by our very own, Amanda Daniels, PharmD, PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident in Pain and Palliative Care! Our series will help expand your understanding of the field and debunk some myths in the field of pharmacy.
MYTH 4: You can stop taking your medication once you start feeling better.
Many people stop taking their medications because they started feeling better. This is particularly common with antibiotics and other medications that treat common diseases that individuals can’t feel, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. If a person feels good and wants to stop taking medications, talk to a doctor or pharmacist. If it’s a prescribed course of antibiotics, it is crucial to finish out that course and take all of the medication as prescribed because of the increase in antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria start becoming unaffected by our available antibiotics and these antibiotics will no longer treat these common bacteria. When a full course of antibiotics is not finished, the bacteria that haven’t been killed become resistant. These resistant bacteria then start to grow and cause more infections that are harder to treat.
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