Remember to take your medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Taking it at the same times every day should help you remember when to take it.
How and when to take it
Unless advised differently by your doctor or pharmacist, swallow the recommended number of tablets whole with a full glass of water.
The dose, and how often you need to take it, can vary depending on a number of things, including:
- which medicine you have been prescribed
- what health condition you are taking it for
- your age and body weight
- your kidney function
- your bleeding risk.
If you’re not sure of what to take and when, don’t be afraid to double check with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist. They can tell you if you have to take the medicine with food for it to work properly, or keep it in its packaging until you are ready to take it.
How long to take it for
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you. Do not stop taking it or change how you take it without checking with your doctor first.
Stopping can put you at increased risk of developing a blood clot, which may lead to a serious condition, such as a stroke.
What to do if you forget to take it
Keep a note of any missed doses and seek advice from a doctor, nurse or pharmacist – do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten tablet.
What to do if you take too much
Get immediate emergency medical help if you have taken too much medicine – even if there is no discomfort or signs of poisoning. Taking too much may lead to serious bleeding that may not stop without emergency treatment.