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The importance of fewer doses

Reducing the number of daily doses can help in a couple of ways:

  • Improves adherence, or how well you take your medicine as prescribed
  • Gives you more time to do the things you enjoy, with fewer interruptions

Why adherence matters

  • The higher the frequency, the more challenging adherence is: In one study, people living with a chronic disease reduced their adherence by 52.4% when they needed to take 4 doses of their medication per day
  • Consistency is key: Taking each dose of medication at the correct time (timing adherence), is the most frequently reported type of medication nonadherence—and can result in under- or overtaking medications. And in a study of people with Parkinson’s, overall adherence was 97.7% but timing adherence was only 24.4%
  • The simpler the better: The most effective way to improve adherence is by simplifying dosing. In fact, reducing the number of doses per day is associated with better health-related quality of life and better treatment adherence for people living with a chronic disease
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