Not taking medications properly leads to unnecessary hospital admissions, illness, and even deaths. It also costs the health care system billions of dollars every year, in costs both direct (e.g., hospitalizations) and indirect (e.g., lost productivity). For example, about 5% of hospital admissions result directly from not taking medications as recommended.
However, there is a lot you can do to help take your medication as prescribed. Speak to your pharmacist to learn more about how to take your medication and what to do if you are having trouble using it as prescribed.