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Offline motherinneed

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timing of medications
« on: March 20, 2007, 05:20:32 PM »
If someone has a need to change the time he takes his meds how can this be done safely?  Like if you took your meds at 3am be cause you worked shift work and now you have no job and want to take your meds in the day time..how do you make that time shift without messing things up? Do you take the meds a half hour earlier each day until you reach the time in the morning you want to take your meds? Would that work?
Please give me some input.
Thanks so much.

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Re: timing of medications
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2007, 05:27:47 PM »
I personally switched from taking mine right before bed to taking them first thing when I get up.  My doc said to just skip the previous evenings dose and resume in the morning.  And I have had no problems at all.
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Offline motherinneed

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Re: timing of medications
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2007, 05:31:28 PM »
Thanks for your reply but I have another question???
But if you miss a dose then does the level of medication in your system go down with that missed dose?
Is that not bad to do? Or because it is just one time it dose not cause a sharp decline in medication blood levels?
I would think that taking a dose at night and then again in the am so as not to miss a dose would be too much meds, right? Cause reactions or waste of pills?

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Re: timing of medications
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2007, 05:43:39 PM »
When adjusting my time, I did this system (which is what my docs told me to do):

My pills were 12 hour doses, so I took them in 10 hour increments for a few days. 

Noon and 10 pm
8am  and  6pm
6am  and  4pm

etc....til I got to the times I wanted.  That way, I never missed a single dose, but worked the time backward.  I would check with your doctor before doing this or any other adjustment- always good to keep on the same page about anything and everything relating to your HIV care.  Typically, you can get by with a little bit of earlier dosing to adjust your time.  You can potentially do the same in smaller increments the other direction, but that might be riskier to do.  Some meds are less forgiving of late/missed doses than others.
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Re: timing of medications
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2007, 08:28:31 PM »

When I first started on meds, I was taking two doses, 12 hours apart. I started taking the meds at 12:00 noon and then again at midnight. ( just an hour after starting work.)

I  started moving it up one hour earlier a day until I was taking the meds at 8:00Am and 8:00 Pm. Been on that schedule ever since. For me, this works out fine. I will take the 8:00Am dose, an hour after getting home from work in the morning, and the PM dose( 8:00Pm)-- 3 hours, before punching in at 11:00pm.

Once again, this is how I made the time change !

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Re: timing of medications
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2007, 02:58:35 AM »
You can do all that time shifting stuff if you like, but a one-off switch, I would just start at the new time on my chosen day. Especially if the time is earlier.  If it's later, a one-time extra long gap between doses ain't gonna make any difference.

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