Medication myths are common, even among the learned. This affects the way people use medications and of course, their efficacy. Following these myths may even result in the development of further health challenges.
Some common medication myths include –
- Injections are more effective than oral medications.
This is a common myth among Nigerians. It is so prevalent that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) has had to wade in and declare that tablets and capsules are as potent as injections.
Both injections and tablets are effective. The important thing is taking the right drug in the right dosage. When in doubt, consult your pharmacist to educate you on drug use.
2. I do not need to continue taking my medications since I already feel stronger.
The fact that you do not like taking medications does not mean you should abuse them. You must take the full dosage if your doctor prescribes certain medications for your ailment. Even though you may no longer experience the symptoms, this does not mean the illness is completely gone. To avoid a relapse, please follow your doctor’s prescription to the letter.
3. Antibiotics are the solution!