She is trreating me for muscle/joint pain very mild depression
It's confusing especially if you are not used to taking meds.
Without knowing the medication, I have to assume it's for symptom management as opposed to a drug routinely used to achieve desired results.
Ok... that was confusing. Lol...
If you are taking a cholesterol med the doctor knows what dose you need to get your levels within a normal range. In this case, you would NOT be told to do 1-2 tabs. You would be on a regular nightly dose.
Now, if it is for symptom management he/she would give you the option of what you need.
If it is a sleep med, for instance, you are being told to try one tablet but if that doesn't work then you can take two.
Do you see the difference?
So I would always start low and go slow. The reason is that a lot of these meds can cause tolerance to the effectiveness.
Your body gets used to it. The pill that always worked to help you get to sleep is no longer lasting as long. Your body is developing a tolerance. You have two choices...
You can go off the med for awhile to have them work better when you decide to start again. I have to warn you that it won't be easy initially. If it's a sleep med and one pill isn't working then going off will prevent you from sleeping until you adjust. You will be able to go back on one tab and get the same good effects again.
Second choice is to take the second pill if one doesn't work.
This is apparently what your doctor wants you to do.
It's why I said to start low and slow. If one doesn't work you have the option to take two tabs.
If it's a sleep or pain med and you don't think you need it then try not taking it. All pills have side effects even if you don't feel it. Many drugs are excreted through the liver and kidneys. Long term use puts an extra strain on your organs.
Many times just having the extra sleep or pain relief will break the cycle and you won't need them. Don't take them and see what happens. Let your body function normally again.
However, sleep deprivation for whatever reason, is detrimental to your health. A body needs to sleep ! It's been shown that insomnia causes obesity, increased blood pressure, day time tiredness, etc which all leads to lack of enjoyment in life and healing.
Lol... a long answer to a simple answer. Sorry but I like to teach. If people understand the reason for things then they can make good decisions and teach others :)
OK, so I can only guess based on the categories that you chose for your question that this might be a muscle relaxer like Flexeril that you will take before bed to help you sleep better and manage your musculoskeletal pain. If that is the case, what I would do is start with a single pill and see how you do on that. if you do extremely well and find that it helps you, and you get a good nights rest, and that your pain is managed at an acceptable level, it's likely that you can maintain at that same dose going forward.
However, if you are having a bad day where you are in a lot of pain, you have a second pill available to help you. I only caution that you be prepared to potentially oversleep the next morning. You won't yet know how you react to the higher dose of the medication, so you might want to try a test run over the weekend and see whether it causes you to sleep excessively. If that is the case, my recommendation to you would be to take the two pills (if you need two) earlier in the evening rather than right before bed, so you can still get up and make it to work on time.
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