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Question 4

4. Do you know what to do if you miss a dose of your medications?
It is important to take your medications on time and in the prescribed dose. You need to take all of your prescribed medications, not just some or part of a dose. Side effects of psychiatric drugs may be severe at first, but they may lessen over time. If you have concerns about side effects or you are not sure about what to do if you miss a dose, discuss this with your nurse or pharmacist.
If you miss a dose: 
  • Take the missed single dose as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for your next dose.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose.
  • Do not take two doses at the same time.
Clues to help you remember to take your medications: 
  • Keep your medication in the same place.
  • Keep your medications in a place where you will see them every day (on the counter in your bathroom).
  • Take your medication with meals unless you have been instructed to take them on an empty stomach when you wake up in the morning or when going to bed at night.
  • Make it a part of your routine.
  • Have a friend or family member remind you to take medications at the right time during times of stress.
  • Use a medication holder such as "Mediset" to help you set up your pills for the day. If you need a "Mediset" ask your nurse or pharmacist.
  • Use a self-medication sheet to mark off the number of doses you have taken each day.