Misconceptions About Maintenance MedicationsCreated by:
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In my clinical experience, misconceptions about maintenance medications are commonly encountered. Doctors in the Philipiines stress the importance of religiously taking maintenance medications for control of a disease. Since the healthcare system iin our does not cover medical expenses and medications, some people do not use maintenance medications for its intended purpose. Instead, they only use it when a smptom arises (i.e. calcium channel blockers are used for chest pain). This becomes a problem as adequate control of blood pressure or blood glucose, stroke prevention, and decreased for complications are not addressed. For the MIMS community, do you encounter the same problem in your community or country too?