Medicine on time !!!

December 7, 2011 0 Comments

Could it matter when you take your pills? Yes. Nowadays doctors are increasingly using a method know as Chronotherapy, where treating conditions requires coordination of the medication and the biological rhythms. The following research shows that some illnesses are worse at different times of the day:

Hypertension: Blood pressure  peaks when you wake, which is why heart attacks and strokes tend to strike between 6 a.m. and noon. If your doctor prescribes a beta blocker that does not have 24-hour effectiveness, it may be better to take it in the morning.

Asthma: Symptoms peak between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. That’s when the body’s levels of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol needed to keep airways open are at their lowest. Steroid tablets taken at 3 p.m. offset the loss, and other common treatments can be used at bedtime.

Osteoarthritis: For those with the most pain in the morning, take Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medications the night before. For those with evening pain, take your medications at noon.



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