Medication adherence refers to whether patients take their medications as prescribed by their doctor. This includes timing, dosage, intake instructions, as well as being mindful of possible drug interactions.
Medication adherence is important for many reasons. Failing to follow your prescribed regimen can make your treatment less effective and can result in increased symptoms and side effects, or other complications.
If you have more questions about the potential effects of medication non-adherence, we encourage you to speak to your health care provider.