Timing When to Take Your Daily Medications

Timing When to Take Your Daily Medications

In fact, drugs labeled “take one a day” often work better when taken at night. Modifying the timing of drugs to achieve the greatest benefit with the lowest risk of unpleasant side effects is called drug chronotherapy.

There have been tremendous advances in timing treatments for hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis, for example, according to Smolensky. And even some cancer treatments can be improved through chronotherapy. A drug called 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), used to treat colorectal cancer, is now given at night when these cancer cells are more vulnerable and normal cells are resting and least sensitive.

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