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Take Your Medicine -- and Follow Directions

Many people don't heed their doctor's advice

(HealthDay) -- Feeling better? That's great, but don't stop taking that medication just yet.

If you're like most people, you might be tempted to ignore the advice of your doctor and pharmacist when it comes to your medication, according to an article from the BBC. This is particularly true of young people and women, says the article, citing a study from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

More than 50 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 39 stopped taking their medicine before they were supposed to, the survey showed, and about one-third didn't follow instructions about not drinking alcohol while taking their medicine. Ignoring such advice can lead to accidents, experts say.

Medicine also must be taken properly to avoid drug interactions. To find out more, check out information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And to learn how to reduce problems relating to medications, read this information from HealthSquare.

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