The Importance of Medication Adherence

Is It Okay to Miss Taking a Dose of My Medication?

In short, no not really. Depending on the type of medication, you may have a negative reaction from missing a dose.

As busy people, leading fast paced lives we can be prone to forget things like filling our car up with gas the night before an early shift at work, bringing headphones to the gym, and yes even brushing our teeth before bed (its true). Once in a while you may forget to take a dose of your medication and just say, “eh it’s just one dose. What’s the worst that could happen?” In some cases, nothing and you’ll be fine. In others, your condition can worsen or even become fatal. Let’s dive deeper.

Medication adherence is generally defined as the extent to which patients take medication as prescribed by their doctors. This involves factors such as getting prescriptions filled, remembering to take medication on time, and understanding the directions. Studies show that, 20% to 30% of medication prescriptions are never filled, that about 50% of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed, and that lack of adherence costs the health care system at least $100 billion each year. This is a major problem!

When can skipping a dose of medication be a problem?

Missing a dose of your antibiotic can prove troublesome as they generally exit your blood stream quickly, meaning your last dose is probably no longer actively in your system when it’s time for your next dose. This means missing a dose can cause your condition to worsen, become harder to treat, or you can experience unpleasant side effects and complications.

What do you do if you miss a dose?

DON’T double your next dose of antibiotics if you’ve missed a dose. This will increase the likelihood of experiencing unwanted side effects. You should take your missed dose as soon as you remember, or if it’s almost time for you next dose, simply skip your missed dose altogether. If you have realized that you have missed multiple doses, you should reach out to your doctor. You should also refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your antibiotics, as it will include the manufacturer’s advice about what to do if you miss a dose. Ask the pharmacist for a PIL if you have not been given one with your medicine.

This image shows a woman taking her medication as prescribed.

Causes of medication non-adherence

  • Some patients may be afraid that they will experience negative side effects of the medication and just decide it’s safer to not take it at all. They may have experienced nasty side effects from a similar drug and assume it will happen again.
  • The price of filling the prescription may be a cost that the patient either can’t afford or it just doesn’t seem worth it. In 2019, the Kaiser Family Foundation found 29% of Americans failed to take their medications as prescribed because of the cost.
  • Having to take multiple medications can make it confusing to remember which one to take at which time.
  • People often stop taking their medication when their symptoms are no longer there. They will assume that because they are feeling better, the medicine is no longer necessary. It is important to finish your medication as prescribed because if you don’t, your illness is likely to come back.

Tips to help you remember to take your medications

  • Take your medications at the same time every day. This may sound obvious but maintaining a routine can really keep you on track. Pair taking your medications with things you do at the same time everyday such as brushing your teeth, eating breakfast, or before going to bed.
  • Use a pillbox that has the days of the week. Gather all your medications, write down how many doses you must take a day, and then fill the pillbox as necessary. Keeping your pillbox somewhere you will see it, such as on your bedside table will also help keep you on track.
  • Set an alarm or reminders. Use your phone or smartwatch to alert you every time you need to take a dose. There are also apps you can use such as Medisafe Pill Reminder  and Mango Health.
  • Use timer caps on your pill bottles so you can see the last time you took a dose.

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Immune System Support

How Can I Boost My Immune System?

How can you strengthen your immune system? Overall, your immune system does a terrific job of protecting you against disease-causing microorganisms but sometimes it slips up and a germ gets you sick! When this happens is it possible to step in and help your immune system?

First and foremost, leading a healthy lifestyle will help keep your immune system in tip top shape. Sticking to healthy living habits is the best thing you can do to naturally keeping your immune system working properly.

Some healthy living habits that you can follow are:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly
  • Try to minimize stress
  • Keep current with all recommended vaccines. Vaccines prime your immune system to fight off infections before they take hold in your body

There are also vitamins that you can buy that will boost or support immunity!

Some of those include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Folic Acid
  • Iron
  • Zinc

If you want to have strong immune system you must eat well! Think of what you’re putting in your body as fuel for your immune system to run off of to fight germs. Your body will thank you later if you maintain a well-balanced diet and say no to processed snacks and foods as much as you can. Fruits and veggies are your friends!

Comment down below some things you do to stay healthy!

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National Green Juice Day

Today is National Green Juice Day! In honor of the 21st annual Healthy Weight Week, a time to celebrate diet-free living habits that last a lifetime, we thought sharing a delicious green juice recipe would give the leafy greens the spotlight they deserve.

Digestive Aid Green Juice

  • 1 stick of celery
  • 2 handfuls of fresh kale, or any leafy green could be substituted
  • 1/4 fennel or a cucumber
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger root
  • 2 pears

Nutritional Value (Roughly)

  • Serving Size: the whole recipe
  • Calories: 237
  • Sugar: 32.6g
  • Sodium: 56mg
  • Fat: 0.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 60.4g
  • Fiber: 12.9g
  • Protein: 3.3g

Instructions

Chop the ingredients (peeling the ginger and pears is optional) and place everything into the juicer. Strain the juice for a less textured drink (also optional). Voilà, you can enjoy the juice freshly made, or store for later in a fridge or freezer.

Recipe and instructions sourced from Simple Vegan Blog

https://simpleveganblog.com/digestive-aid-green-juice/

Thyroid Awareness Month

January Is Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck and under the voice box. It produces hormones that help the body control the rate of metabolism and regulate the production and consumption of energy. When thyroid function is accelerated, the condition is called hyperthyroidism; when slowed, it is called hypothyroidism. Imbalances in thyroid function may be a result of environmental, autoimmune, or genetic factors. Additionally, thyroid issues may lead to cancer.

Thyroid disease affects roughly 200 million people worldwide, and thyroid cancer is on the rise, with roughly 52,000 new cases diagnosed in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. Three out of four thyroid cancer diagnoses are made in women.

How to Perform a Thyroid Neck Self-Exam

  • Use a mirror and focus on the lower middle area of your neck, above the collarbones and below the Adam’s apple (larynx). Your thyroid gland is located in this area of your neck.
  • While focusing on this area in the mirror, tip your head back.
  • Take a drink of water and swallow.
  • As you swallow, look at your neck. Check for any bulges or protrusions in this area when you swallow. Reminder: Do not confuse the Adam’s apple with the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located further down on your neck, closer to the collarbone. You may want to repeat this process several times.
  • If you do see any bulges or protrusions in this area, see your physician. You may have an enlarged thyroid gland or a thyroid nodule and should be checked to determine whether cancer is present or if treatment for thyroid disease is needed.

More information can be found through the American Thyroid Association, www.thyroid.org

Keep Your Pets Cool & Calm This Fourth of July!

Here at GoGoMeds, we know how the loud noises and bright, flashing lights of fireworks can bring your pets stress and anxiety. That is why we carry a variety of pet medications to help calm their fears and make for a great holiday for you and your four-legged friends!

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Take your dog for a walk before the fireworks begin– Taking your dog for a walk ahead of the firework displays can help your pup relax and feel more tired
  • Play soothing sounds or white noise– playing soothing tunes or calming white noise can drown out the sound of the fireworks
  • Hydrate– Fear can make dogs pant excessively, make sure your frightened pet is staying hydrated
  •  Talk to your vet– Consult with your vet on the best anti-anxiety medication to help calm your pet’s fears and send the script right to GoGoMeds, we’ll take care of the rest!

Break out that bbq, summer eats, and enjoy, because it’s a great day to celebrate our nation with friends, family and your furry ones.

Consult with your vet today!

Have your script sent to GoGoMeds, we will fulfill and ship right to your door before the first starburst hits the sky.

To learn more about how we care for your pets, visit us at: https://www.gogomeds.com/GoGoClient/#/pet-meds

Who Is GoGoMeds Perfect For?

Simply put, if you’re looking to stop wasting valuable time waiting in line at the pharmacy or you’d just like to save money on prescription medications that you’re obligated to purchase in the first place, GoGoMeds is perfect for you. Looking to take advantage of modern delivery services and have us do the hard work for you by delivering your medication(s) straight to your door? GoGoMeds is the solution. How about an easy-to-use prescription drug price comparison tool that lets you look at various generic and name-brand pharmaceuticals side by side? Time and time again, GoGoMeds is the answer!

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Your New Prescription For Life

We’re proud to provide patients with a reliable online pharmacy service that’s always there when you need us. When the pharmacy windows are closed at the grocery store past regular business hours, rest assured in the fact that you can still order medications online — and at your convenience. This is the age of convenience, after all. Isn’t it about time that obtaining your medications finally caught up with the modern curve of things? We think so. At GoGoMeds.com, we’re your new prescription for life!

A Valuable Service For You And Your Life, No Matter The Situation

In this blog post, we’re going to go over who our online pharmacy and prescription drug delivery service is perfect for. Naturally, that includes quite a few people, but you may be surprised at just how seamless our services can integrate with your lifestyle. If you have any questions, feel free to learn more about how GoGoMeds.com works or drop us a line at 1-888-795-5826. We’re excited to help make your medications more accessible and convenient to obtain than ever before!

The Busy Millennial

If time is of the essence, then a convenient delivery service that does the busy work for you is nothing shy of valuable. For those who pack their weekly schedules (and even those seemingly-open weekends) with “go-go-go” activities and obligations, we understand your high energy lifestyle — “go go” is in our brand name, after all!

Simply shop online, compare prices from one medication provider and local pharmacy to another, select what you’d like, and we’ll bring your verified prescription straight to your door. It really is that easy.

The Busy Family Member

Perhaps the days of being a busy, single, young professional have come to a close. However, choosing to settle down with your significant other and starting a family will eventually put you in a position where you’re much, much busier than you ever anticipated. With multiple growing kids and trying to work full-time as a dedicated parent, you’ll want to maximize your time at every possible opportunity. Prescription drug delivery is an underrated way to cut out an additional, time-consuming errand on a weekly or monthly basis.

You may not think that getting your prescription takes that long, but if you’re driving around to different pharmacies near you just to find a good deal on the medicine that you need, that’s time better spent doing other important things. GoGoMeds.com can help!

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The Elderly And Folks Who Need To Stay Home

Whether you’re at a graduated point in life where it’s a bit difficult to get your foot out the door to run necessary errands or you’re in a medical situation that’s left you unable to go out in public due to an injury or illness, the delivery component of GoGoMeds is going to benefit you greatly. Instead of relying on an expensive third-party delivery courier to bring your much-needed medications straight to your front door, GoGoMeds is a direct delivery company. This means that you won’t be paying exorbitant costs out-of-pocket just to acquire the drugs that you need.

At the very least, the elderly and disabled population of the United States deserve fair access to the things that they need. We’re just happy to do our part here at GoGoMeds.

Whatever Your Situation Is, GoGoMeds.com Can Help!

If you’re ordering a prescription medication, to us, that means that you need it. Don’t let confusion among medication prices and inconvenient prescription drug pickups get in the way. Take control of your prescription medication experience. Get started with our online prescription delivery company at GoGoMeds today!

 

Simple Tips And Tricks To Save Time In Your Day-To-Day Life

“I’m busy.” The word “busy” has become such a standard response to how people are doing that the word itself has almost become a meaningless, ambiguous buzzword. Being constantly busy raises the idea that maybe people wouldn’t be so busy if they had more time in the day…but of course, there are only 24 hours a day, and we need to eat and sleep to take care of our bodies! Really, dealing with being busy all comes down to efficient time management — even the most simple time savers can make a world of difference in our daily lives, including yours!

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Saving You Time And Money Through Our Mail Order Pharmacy

If time is money, then saving it is like adding minutes to your piggy bank…or something like that. Poorly communicated expressions aside, it really does pay to save time in your daily life. When it comes to getting your much-needed medications, GoGoMeds.com has made it easier than ever before with the power of our online pharmacy. Here’s how it works.

By easily comparing different prescription drug prices near you, you’ll be able to locate a pharmacy that carries your medication at the lowest price, and even get it delivered straight to your door! That definitely beats waiting in line, doesn’t it?

We’ve started off with taking advantage of our mail order pharmacy service to save you time (and money!) on ordering and obtaining your prescriptions, but below, GoGoMeds offers more practical time-saving tips to help you maximize each day that you live.

It All Starts With Waking Up

Don’t hit your “snooze” button eight times in a row and drag yourself out of bed like a zombie. That snooze time adds up, and if anything, it’s probably better just to set your alarm a little bit later and actually wake up when it goes off. You’ll feel more awake and more alert earlier in the day, and you’ll be surprised at your ability to have a truly productive morning before 11 am even rolls around.

Set Your Outfit The Night Before

Don’t spend valuable morning time staring at your closet wondering what you’re going to wear. Not only is your brain half-asleep still, but it’s just going to take more time picking out an outfit and selecting various clothing as opposed to laying out a tasteful outfit the night before. Those minutes add up!

Stay Organized

Do you know what you’re spending when you search around the house for your keys, phone, wallet, charger, and so forth? That’s right, you’re spending time. A well-organized place will significantly cut down on the amount of time that you spend merely looking for things, and hey, the peace of mind of knowing exactly where your valuables are is pretty nice, too.

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Set Your Bills To “Auto Pay”

Provided that you’re in a good financial position to routinely pay for your bills without question, saving the time that it takes to manually log on (or send in a check if you’re that old school) to pay your bills can be a noteworthy time saver. Plus, auto-paying your bills also eliminates any possibility of forgetting to pay them, so that’s nice.

Make A Well-Thought-Out Grocery List

With all of the options and colorful products at supermarkets, it’s easy to spend far too much time roaming the aisles. With an intentional grocery list, stick to it and you might be surprised at how quick you’ll be in and out of the store. This should also help you make healthy decisions, too!

Use Our Online Pharmacy Today At GoGoMeds.com

Why wait in line at your local pharmacy? Instead, get the best prices available and get your medicine shipped straight to your door with the help of GoGoMeds! Learn more about our mail order pharmacy today.

 

Use Our Online Pharmacy To Find The Best Prescription Prices

Do you actually enjoy paying more for something than you should? Of course not. In this day and age, consumers are empowered by the ability to shop around online and find the best deals on certain products. Go back a few decades ago and, without the convenience of online shopping and instant price comparisons, most consumers had to accept the prices of the nearest store, or trust that they were getting a good deal. Fortunately, we don’t live in the past, and we’re now able to find what we want with a quick online search – including pharmaceutical prescriptions.

Save Money On Prescription Medication With GoGoMeds.com

Instead of waltzing down to your local pharmacy in hopes that your insurance covers most of the cost of your prescription – GoGoMed’s innovative online pharmacy allows you to compare prescription drug prices in real time. With the power of the latest prescription drug information through our site, you’ll be able to find the pharmacy closest to you with the lowest prices for your individually prescribed medication. Below, our discount prescription specialists continue discussing the benefits of our online pharmacy. Learn more about GoGoMeds and how we operate by visiting here. We’re looking forward to helping you save money and life a happier, healthier life!

All The Information You Need In One Place

Pharmacies tend to use a lot of paper when printing out prescription drug information. This information includes important items like dosage, potential side effects, duration, possible interactions with other drugs, impairment concerns, pill count, and so forth. While it can be a pain to pour through this printed information when you’re receiving a new prescription, GoGoMeds makes it easy to view the information about your prescription. Centralized in one convenient location online, you’ll be able to instantly look up your prescription and read about it. And, because we’re always available online, you’ll never lose your medication information, unlike a paper printout. Our online price comparison pharmacy is ready when you are!

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Receive Your Medication Without Leaving The Couch

Seriously, we’re really making it that simple to receive your necessary prescriptions. Save time and money by skipping the visit to your local pharmacy and have our reputable delivery drivers do the work for you. Not only are you getting the very best online deals for prescriptions, but we’re sending them straight to you. Does it really get any more convenient than that? Our goal is to empower the consumer.

The Power Of Choice and Buying Generics

Our online prescription price comparison is a powerful tool. In the past, you probably had to buy your prescription medication at whatever price your local pharmacy was charging. Even if driving to multiple pharmacies to price shop was an option, it’s still a waste of gas and a waste of your time. With a few clicks of your computer mouse, you’re able to find the best cash pricing on prescription drugs and get them sent straight to your door. Again, we’ve made obtaining your legally prescribed medication easier than ever before.

Why Pay More Than You Should For Your Prescriptions?

Take advantage of our online pharmacy, buy generics, save money, and ship your prescription medications straight to you. What’s not to love about that? To learn more about discount prescriptions at GoGoMeds, feel free to contact us today.

 

The Truth About Pharmacies and Prescriptions

Have you ever been behind-the-scenes of an actual pharmacy? Well, unless you’re a licensed and certified pharmacist or technician, probably not. But hey, you’re here now, so why not learn a little bit more about what’s happening behind the scenes? You might be pleasantly surprised to learn that, yes, pharmacists do quite a bit more than simply count out pills.

Getting Accurate Information From The Best Online Pharmacy

While we might not be a brick-and-mortar pharmacy here at GoGoMeds, we’re invested in your wellness and believe it is important that you know the truth about pharmacies and your medications. 

So, to set the record straight about some of the more common misunderstandings about pharmacies and medications in general, we’re going to address some of these myths. Learn more about how our online pharmacy works at GoGoMeds by visiting here, or feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Myth: Pharmacists Just Count Pills All Day

Incorrect. Pharmacists actually do a lot of work on a daily basis, including spending time counseling and educating patients on their condition as well as their medication. Even though there are warning labels filled with dosage information, possible drug interactions, potential side effects and other important information, it is the pharmacist’s responsibility to make sure that the patient acknowledges this information about a prescription drug that they’re taking. This is especially important when the patients are taking life-saving medications, which is often the case.

Myth: If I Feel Well, I Can Skip My Medication

When you’re prescribed something – regardless of what it is or what it is for – you are to take the medication exactly as the label or your medical professional (usually both) instruct you. Taking your medication at the wrong time or skipping doses can disrupt therapy or worse by causing a flare up or another adverse event. If you’re not taking your medication because of adverse side effects, make sure that you communicate this to your pharmacist as well as your healthcare provider.

Myth: If I’m Feeling Especially Terrible, I Can Take More Than The Label Says

Piggybacking off the last myth, we’d again like to reiterate that your prescription medication should be taken exactly as your doctor prescribes it. If there’s any confusion about what the doctor said, the label on the bottle always contains clear, easy-to-understand dosage and administration information. Remember, it’s also the pharmacists’ job to answer these type of questions, so make sure that you’re entirely clear about when to take your medication and how often you should take it.

Myth: My Pharmacist Doesn’t Need To Know About Vitamins And Supplements

It almost seems strange that your pharmacist (and primary doctor or other relevant healthcare professionals) need to know about something as seemingly benign as over-the-counter medications or vitamins, but they should know. It is possible for prescription drugs to interact with simple vitamins and supplements, and the last thing that anyone wants is an unwanted, adverse interaction between your prescription and something else. Remember, just because it isn’t a prescription doesn’t mean that it won’t interact with anything else in your body.

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Myth: Natural Supplements Are Always A Better Alternative

Natural supplements have their place when it comes to fortifying the immune system or providing our bodies with daily energy, but they are no replacement for legitimate pharmaceutical drugs. Each compound, whether generic or name brand, is created with a specific purpose or mechanism of action in mind. As such, a natural supplement just couldn’t do the same thing as your prescription – and even if it could, there’s no telling that it’s a safe “replacement.” Prescription drugs go through rigorous testing and a series of intense trials for one main reason – to protect you and your health!

Myth: To Fill a Prescription Go to the Pharmacy and Use Insurance

No longer do you have to spend extra time during your day to wait in line at the local pharmacy and have your prescription filled. With the power of GoGoMeds, you can compare medication prices to find the best deal on generic prescription prescriptions. Contrary to believe, your insurance may not be the best way to pay for your medications, and with GoGoMeds, your prescription will show up right at your doorstep! It doesn’t get any easier than that. To get started using our online pharmacy, visit here.