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The Medical Board issues warnings about daylight saving time and medication

Patients may be advised to take this medicine if they adhere to the prescribed interval for the next dose

05.11.2018 – 20:39:44. Last update: 05/11/2018 – 20:43:43

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Patients who forget to take a dose can not double their next dose.

The clock shift in the DST hour can confuse those who use chronic medications or do some prolonged drug treatment. It seems complicated, but it is important to maintain regular intervals between dose and dose. Drug use can be done within one hour to keep daylight saving time when the next dose is within the prescribed interval.

Deputy Chairman of the Regional Council of Pharmacy Minas Gerais (CRF-MG), Alisson Brandão, explains that the prescribed intervals must be observed in order for the treatment to succeed. "In order to achieve the desired effects, the drug must be digested, deliver the active substance to the bloodstream and begin to behave in the body." Intervals between one dose and the other are necessary to maintain this cycle. He warns, however, that if the patient misses one dose, he should never double the next dose.

One thing to keep in mind is that different drugs interact with one another and can interfere with the desired effect. "In these cases, it is essential that the pharmacist help to adjust the duration of drug use and to inform about possible drug interactions," he adds.


Attention during treatment with antibiotics should be doubled. The reason is that micro-organisms can develop resistance to medication if the patient fails to adhere to the prescribed treatment. "You have to make sure the drug is in the bloodstream to work and deactivate it and heal the infection. Taking medication at the right time is the key to therapeutic success," he explains. If the microorganisms develop resistance, infection can be aggravated by treatment difficulties.

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