Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 4
1. How does the doctor determine how much drug to give me? There are many factors to consider. Some of them are your weight, body composition, age, and general health and nutritional status. Other factors to consider are if you have any acute or chronic conditions such as kidney, liver, or heart conditions, of if you have suffered burns, shock, or trauma. Your health practitioner takes these into account when prescribing a dosage quantity and frequency and then tailors your medication based upon the results of therapeutic monitoring.
2. What should I do if I forget to take my medication on time? Do not double your dose the next time. Consult your doctor or pharmacist to find out what you should do.
3. Can I monitor myself at home? No. Blood must be collected at specific times and tests must be performed using special laboratory equipment.
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