If you miss a dose of medication the next time can you take twice as much?

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If you miss a dose of medication the next time can you take twice as much?

If you forget to take a drug, do not take a double dose the next time but ask your doctor for advice.

Medicines should be taken as prescribed by the doctor, in the doses and at the times indicated by him. However, forgetting to take a dose may not have serious consequences. Several researches have shown that 40-70% of people, especially the elderly, forget to take the drug several times during the course of therapy. Although it is important that the drug you are taking is present in the blood at certain levels in order to be effective, generally these forgetfulness does not create problems.
On the other hand, taking a drug beyond the indicated doses can be toxic and have unpredictable, even serious effects. In fact, some drugs have a very narrow "therapeutic window", ie a very small difference between the minimum effective dose and the dose toxicity occurs.Taking even a double dose can be dangerous!
It is therefore recommended to always pay close attention to the prescribed doses and the duration of therapy. In case of non-compliance with the prescription it is necessary to consult your doctor and resume taking the drug according to his instructions.

1. Pharmacovigilance
2. Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA)
3. Ministry of Health

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