For Iowa patients who have serious illnesses such as cancer, managing medication can be challenging. However, there are some tips that they and their caregivers can use to make sure that they are taking the right medication and taking it as directed. First, it is important for patients or their caregivers to ensure that the patient has the right medication. Patients should also make sure that they know how much of their medication to take.
Up to 50 percent of patients take the wrong dosage of their medication because they don't understand the directions. Therefore, it is critical to ask a pharmacist anytime there a patient or a caregiver has questions about how much of a medication to take at a given time. Once it is clear how to take a medication and when, it is important to take it exactly as prescribed.