Best times to take pills?

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Best times to take pills?

Postby Kattykins » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:23 pm

I am sure there is a thread about this somewhere but I am afraid I couldn't find it.

I have HMS (DX in 2003 but with a lifelong history of symptoms)
Fybromyalgia (DX 2011)
Inflammatory arthritis (DX 2010 still being queried!)

I am on the following
Trazodone at night

I am also on Paracetemol
Tramadol as required
Diclofenac as required


I also work 9-3 5 days per week.

I tend to take the hydroxychloroquine and pregabelin first thing in the morning and then again about 6pm with my meal. I take the trazodone about 8-9pm but I am still very groggy though the morning. I tend to become more human about 2pm! Not very practical when I am working! Thank goodness I work from home!!

Would it be feasible to take the pregabelin and hydroxychloroquine at 3pm and then take the rest at bedtime (about 10ish)? Would that help or is the gap between the two doses too short?

Any ideas?
Sorry for the length of post!

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Re: Best times to take pills?

Postby thalia » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:33 pm

Personally I have over the years taken several meds that, according to the number of doses per day, should ideally be taken every 8 hours. With most of them, though, it has been fine for me to take them with 4-6 hour gaps, and a longer break overnight while I (try to) sleep.

If in doubt, though, you can check with a pharmacist. They are usually very knowledgeable about the meds they prescribe, and if they're not sure have reference books they can check in. Some meds it is important to keep the right gap, others, so long as you don't exceed the daily dose, the gaps between doses are less important.
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Re: Best times to take pills?

Postby anna » Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:53 pm

Yes, I agree with Thalia, check with your pharmacist or Doctor, then you know you're being safe.
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Re: Best times to take pills?

Postby cracker » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:02 pm

i agree too with anna & thalia it best to be safe have a chat to your doc or pharmacist. :bye: :P
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