Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

Is it a misconception that medication is no longer needed if my health has improved from taking my medication?

Whether on long-term or short-term medications, it’s a common misconception that when your symptoms go away, it’s alright to stop taking the medicine, according to the Consumer ReportsOff Site Icon.

Just because your health seems to have improved or you’re feeling better, doesn’t mean your medication isn’t still necessary. Before stopping your medication, Consumer Reports recommends following these tips:

  • Check in with your doctor – Take all your medications to your doctor at least once each year to talk about which, if any, you can stop taking
  • Follow a plan – If your doctor recommends you stop taking some medications, follow his or her instructions for stopping or easing off the drugs
  • Know the warning signs – Be aware of symptoms that can come from stopping certain medications and call your doctor if you notice any
  • Never stop medications on your own – Always talk to your doctor before stopping medications, unless you are having a risky side effect or an allergic reaction. In those cases, follow up with your doctor about a replacement medication that could work for you instead

Talk to your physician for more information about stopping medicine once your symptoms improve.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices