Though it's important to stay on schedule with your medications, we understand that there may be times when you accidentally miss a dose or take one late. This could happen to anyone taking medications on a regular basis.
The concern with missing a dose if you have hepatitis C is that missed doses may lower the benefits of the medications. If find yourself missing doses, here are some steps you can follow to take action today:
* Establish a set time and place for taking your medications. Taking your medicines at the same time and place is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
* Make your medications a part of your daily routine. Most people find it easier to fit medications into their lives, rather than scheduling their lives around their medication. Use a daily activity, one that you do every day without fail, to remind you to take your medicines. Take them before the activity; it's easier to remember that way.
* Keep a checklist for the doses you have taken, with a space to write down how you're feeling.
* Use a beeping alarm, like a watch or pager, to remind you when to take your medications.
* Use a daily planner. Writing your medication times in a planner, as if they were appointments, can be a useful reminder for many people.
* Plan ahead for weekends and vacations. People often miss doses when they're away from home.
* Plan ahead for privacy. Think ahead about where you will be when it's time to take your medicines. Also plan for what you might say when people ask you questions like, "Why are you taking those shots?" "What are those pills for?" and "Are you feeling okay?"
By planning ahead and taking your medications as directed, your chances for a successful treatment will improve.