“Take as directed:” STEADY STATE

Pain relieversGetting the most out of your treatment!

I have recently heard an unusual number of patients relate to me how the treatment that the doctor recommended didn’t work. The next thing they share with me shows the reason why. They didn’t follow the protocol with exactness. Now, exactness isn’t always needed, but being in the ball park is always necessary.

I’ll give you an example. When a patient is prescribed 600 mg of ibuprofen, three times per day for the next 3-4 weeks, taking 600 mg a few times per week isn’t going to cut it. This brings me to the subject of a pharmacology term: steady state.

Pain relieversSteady State

When a drug is at steady state, the input (rate of infusion) equals the output (rate of elimination). Essentially, the level of a drug is constant in the body. For ibuprofen to have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body, the steady state of ibuprofen must equal 600-800mg.

Pain reliever graph

Looking at the graph, the bumps show each time when a new dose is given. As you follow the directions of your doctor and take the recommended amount, you can achieve the effective blood level. If you don’t follow the doctor’s

So when the DOCTOR recommends a treatment plan, follow it so you can get the maximum benefit.

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