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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Best Times To Take Your Medications

Prescription medications will tell you how much to take, but the prescription does not usually tell you when to take them. What time of day you take your prescription medicine can make a big difference in how effective they are and in lowering the risks of side effects.

Here are just a few of the more popular medications and best times to take them:

High blood pressure medicine

Studies have shown that taking at least one of your high blood pressure medicines at bedtime helps to normalize daily blood pressure. This is especially important for people 55 and older whose blood pressure may not naturally lower during the night.

High cholesterol medicine

The British Heart Foundation recommends taking this medicine at bedtime because after midnight is when the liver experiences its highest production of cholesterol.

Rheumatoid arthritis medicine

Taking RA medicine at bedtime gives NSAIDs a chance to work during the night to lower the production of cytokines which trigger RA symptoms first thing in the morning. At night is when the cytokines are busiest, so taking your meds before bed will give you the most effective relief.

Heartburn medicine

Many people experience this at night, keeping them up with burning and discomfort. The solution is to take heartburn medicine before you eat. Acid-controlling medicine works best if taken about 30 minutes before a meal. This will help it work during the night when stomach acid peaks.
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