I always thought you divide the day by those times and that would give you the amount of hours the medicine would stay on your system however my child just heard from her doctor "the 4 times a day" would be considered the awaking hours only??? So, if I am awake 16 hours that medicine would be taken every 4 hours, and if my child sleeps 12 hours during the disease she would take even 3 hours??? Even being half of my size???
You have not mentioned the name of the medicine in your post.
Ideally 4 times a day means "every 6 hours". It depends on what the medicine is as to how "rigid" you should be in regards to dosing. If the medicine is an antibiotic then every 6 hour dosing is important as is pain relief medication if in severe pain.
If the dosing isn't so critical then 4 times a day could be evenly spaced out during the waking hours.
As your daughter has spoken to her doctor it would seem that the dosing of the medicine is not critical so 4 times a day during waking hours is fine.
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