"Medication non-adherence—when patients don’t take their medications as prescribed—is unfortunately fairly common, especially among patients with chronic disease,"
according to the article below.
For people like us, the medically responsible, which is highly likely the case since you all participate in this online PCa forum, this is something that we all likely find inexcusable and difficult to understand. Not something any of us would ever do!
Of course medicine won't do anybody any good if they are supposed to take it, but, for whatever reasons, fail to do so.
There are many things in our various medical situations over which we have no control, but taking our medications as they have been prescribed is something that we have total
control over, and it shouldn't be that hard to do.
But apparently it's a problem for some people. According to the article below, "Data show about one-quarter of new prescriptions are never filled, and patients do not take their medications about 50 percent of the time."
That is a truly shocking fact if true, and certainly a cause for concern. It is also likely a substantial reason why some patients don't seem to respond to treatment. How can they if they don't take their prescribed medications?
And if the physician is unaware that the patient is doing this, a problematic and potentially dangerous situation can develop:"Patients can be reluctant to tell you (the doctor) that they don’t take their medicines. If you don’t have a true picture of a patient’s medication-taking behavior, you may needlessly escalate his or her treatment, resulting in potential harm to the patient, unnecessary work for the practice and increased costs overall."
Take a look at the eight reasons cited in the article, to get an understanding of what goes on in some people's minds, when they neglect to follow their prescript
The article also includes a link to an AMA site that addresses this problem to some degree.
Personally, and I bet I speak for all of us here, I may have a medical issue that requires attention, but it's never going to be made worse because I have decided on my own not to take a medication that my doctor has prescribed.
Yes, if I'm having unexpected problems with it, or have a question about
using it, I'll call the doctor's office, talk to a nurse or somebody, or leave a message for someone to call me back about
it, but I'll never stop a med on my own.
In fact, I right now take a daily Omeprazole capsule for my esophageal issues, have been doing so for years, and may have to do so indefinitely, maybe even for life. But it's just a permanent part of the picture now, and not something I can quit on my own.
But getting back to that quote above, that a quarter of prescript
ions are never filled, and patients neglect to take their meds half the time?