What is considered a "missed dose"?

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Question from Francesca: I am taking Femara (2.5 mg daily). On the bottle, it states that if I miss a dose, contact your doctor immediately. I take it around the same time every day, but what do they mean if I "miss a dose"? As in 24 hours, 12 hours, etc.? Basically, what I am asking, how long do I have before it's considered missing a dose?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. We would like our patients to take their medications regularly, as prescribed, but we are all human, and often will miss a dose which would mean a daily medication in this case. You do not need to contact your doctor if you miss a dose. But what we're more concerned about is if you stop taking the medication altogether.
Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. It is valuable to try to take it at the same time of day. That would help with adhering to a schedule so you remember to take it, and so you're spacing the doses 24 hours apart on average, rather than taking it at bedtime today and at breakfast tomorrow.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Ongoing Medications featured Patricia Ganz, M.D. and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about staying on track with breast cancer medications you have to take on a regular basis.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2007.

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