When Timing Matters: Taking Medicine At A Certain Time Of Day

For some medicines, it doesn’t matter what time of day you take it. For others, pharmacists may recommend that you take it at the same time every day. 

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Scientists say that there are about 30% of medicines in which taking it at a certain time of day matters. And there’s also a recent study that shows that blood pressure medication is more effective when taken at night.

The question is, how do you know if the timing of your medication is crucial?

In most cases, it’s not important when you take your medicine. For instance, you can take non-drowsy antihistamines for hay fever, or analgesics for pain when you need them. It doesn’t matter if it is morning, noon or night.

What is more important is the time interval between each dose. For instance, paracetamol needs to be taken at least four hours apart, any closer and you run the risk of taking a toxic dose.


It may seem fairly obvious to take some medicines at particular times. For example, it makes sense to taking sleeping medications, such as temazepam, at night before you go to bed.

Some antidepressants, such as amitryptyline or mirtazapine, have drowsy side effects. So it also makes sense to take them at night.

More details about this over at The Conversation.

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