Directions for my dicloxacillin Rx: “Take one tablet by mouth every 6 hours 1 hour before a meal or 2 hours after a meal for 14 days.”
According to my time-consuming math, this means I’m supposed to have only two meals a day (unless I schedule “dinner” for 4am) and each time I only have a 3 hour window to eat.
Also, I have to get up after only 6 hours of sleep to take a pill, but then can’t eat breakfast for an hour.
… For 2 weeks.
You cannot tell me people do this successfully.
No wonder patients have trouble taking prescriptions as directed. Especially if they’re prescribed more than one with this particular “we-must-provide-100%-ideal-pharmacokinetics-or-so-help-us-god” militant brand of directions.
I may have a passing grade in pharmacology, but these pills are smarter than me. So I’m sure I’ll eventually ignore the finer details of the directions – which is sad, since I’m a person with tons of free time, supposed higher education, and alleged common sense.
You know, for all the buzz about the alleged ‘convenience’ of prescribing a penicillinase-resistant penicillin in oral form (and I hope you correctly assume that by “all the buzz” I mean “that one comic in Clinical Micro Made Ridiculously Simple”), I’d rather just cart around an IV.