My medication is not working

There may be a number of reasons:

It may take time. Some medications take days or weeks to work. If you are taking one of these medications, it may not have reached its full effect yet.

  • Medications that may take time to work:
    • Antidepressants
    • Skin medications
    • Certain asthma medications (Corticosteroid inhalers)
    • High blood pressure medications
    • Thyroid medications
    • Osteoporosis medications
    • Other medications may also take time to work. To check your medication, ask your pharmacist or doctor

Some medications need to be taken in a special way: with or without food, or at exact times of the day. For more information,

  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist

The dose may not be right for you.

  • Medications may not work their best if they are not given at the proper dose.

This may not be the best drug for you. Sometimes, a medication may not work for everyone. Don't be discouraged if this happens to you - talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Often, they can suggest another medication or treatment that may work better for you.

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