If you thought you took your medication and really did not, would it still have the same effect?
I was curious because I've done this a few times and non of my symptoms would show up until I had realized that I didn't take my medication.
Hummm... that's an interesting question. I've heard of these sort of things occurring in case studies when people are given placebos. One thing I know for sure is that it would make me question the effectiveness of the medication altogether. I'd wonder if I even needed it.
The effect would still be the same depending on the what kind of dosage form the medication is, for example, sustained-release, tablet, injection, capsule, or liquid. Dosage forms have a significant effect on how a patient feels after taking a medication because the dosage form controls how long the effect will last. Some medications gradually accumulate in the body until the desire effect is accomplished and it will take hours or days before the effect of the medication diminishes. This is what the science of pharmacokinetics is all about. The other point you have to keep in mind is what is the desire effect the medication is supposed to achieve. The placebo effect also would come into play here but it would only be short-lived.
A wise doctor with MD, OMD and a pharmaceutical degree who had been practicing for 35 plus years once told me when I was in my 30's the following: "If you forget to take it, your body does not need it." This doctor advised waiting until the next dosage time to take the medication to prevent altering the times one takes their medicine and encouraged me not to worry about when I forgot to take it.
To answer this brilliantly constructed question, because I follow the above advice, yes the same effect occurs as if I took the medication when I forget. Our minds are very powerful and what we believe does matter.
If you are taking two pills a day for 14 days to treat an infection and you miss one dose, the medicine will keep working.
If you are taking pain pills following surgery and you skip a dose, you will probably still be hurting if the surgery was recent.
If you are taking something for heartburn on a daily basis and miss one dose, the effect will depend on what you eat.
If you are taking blood thinner to help remove a clot, you can set yourself back if you miss a dose.
If you are an insomniac and skip the sleeping pill, you are probably not going to get very much sleep. If you are not sure you skip it, just tough it out and stay awake.
Basically, it depends on the medicine, the prescribed frequency of the dose and the illness or condition being treated.
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