1 pill, 4 times a day

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Kittikatt
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   Posted 2/20/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
This is probably a dumb question, but when your doctor prescribes you a medication that you're to take 1 pill, 4 times a day, what HOURS do you take those pills?  How far apart should you take them?
 
Most of my Rx's are 3 times a day.  So I usually go 6am, 12pm and 6pm. 
 
But with 4 times a day, it's screws with my brain because I go to bed so early.  I've been doing 5am, 9am, 1pm and 5pm.  Is that too close together, you think?
 
Just curious what the rest of you would do...
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32.
37/F/SC
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date


FallColors
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   Posted 2/20/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kittikatt,

I had this situation once and called my pharmacist. She said I should space them out during the day - I didn't have to wake myself up in the middle of the night. I suggest you ask your pharmacist.
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


Valerie3
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   Posted 2/20/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd probably just do what you're doing. I don't think that they can expect you to wake yourself up in the middle of the night to take pills. I was supposed to take my pills 4 times a day too, but my doctor told me it's too much of a pain so she doubled up the dose for twice a day instead. So basically, instead of taking 2 pills 4 times a day, I take 4 pills 2 times a day. Maybe your doctor could arrange for you to do something like that?

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 2/20/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I had an alarm on my watch set to 4 times a day.
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karendee
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   Posted 2/20/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I did something similar when on pentasa.
 
took dose when I woke up
took dose at lunch
took dose at dinner or when arrived home from work
took dose at bedtime
 
I never changed my bedtime for the meds.
 
Karen
 

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Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

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LMills
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   Posted 2/20/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
8 am
12 noon
5 pm
9 pm

Seems to work well for me :)
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Kittikatt
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Date Joined Jul 2004
Total Posts : 422
   Posted 2/20/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, guys!
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32.
37/F/SC
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date


inflamed
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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I was never that strict, at least with Pentasa. My GI always said "I don't care when you take them, just take them."
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


sjkly
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   Posted 2/22/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
My doc told me it means breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime.

auntkay
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   Posted 2/23/2009 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thats how i take one of my meds breakfast,lunch,dinner and at bedtime.
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