Importance of Medication Adherence

Importance of Medication Adherence

There are many situations in clinical practice where adherence is extremely important for better therapeutic outcomes. These include:


Chronic diseases: such as diabetes and hypertension. 

Replacement therapy: e.g. Thyroxin and insulin.


Maintenance of pharmacological effect: antihypertensive and oral hypoglycemic agents. 

Maintenance of serum drug concentration to control a particular disorder:  e.g. anticonvulsants. 

Some diseases of public health importance where non-adherence are a major obstacle to achieving control: tuberculosis, HIV, and related opportunistic infections.

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