Medication adherence means taking your medications as prescribed by your doctor. It sounds easy, but the American Heart Association estimates that 3 out of 4 Americans do not take their medication as prescribed by a doctor. The painful truth about not taking your medications as prescribed can hurt you even more.

Why do I need to take medication?

With many medications, consistency is key to achieving the best results. The U.S. FDA agrees, saying that poor medication adherence can interfere with the ability to treat many diseases and manage chronic conditions, which could lead to greater complications and a lower quality of life.

If you have ever skipped a dose of your prescription medication, was it due to any of these reasons:

Here are tips to ensure you don’t miss a medication dose:

After a dental Surgery

Ways to help with pain:


Most often, our patients do not require prescription pain medication post-op. However, in the case that we feel your case calls for such, please keep the following in mind:

  1. Antibiotics – If we have ordered antibiotics for you, you must take them on schedule and for as long as we prescribe. Never stop antibiotic treatment prematurely without our specific orders.
  2. Pain-Killers – In the event that you require prescription pain killers, please note that we are required to prescribe these sparingly and in accordance with certain laws. Take only what you need, and take unused pills to a pharmacy for safe disposal – never “keep them around” in your cabinet for future use.

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