I am taking Skelaxin 800 mg
What does it mean to take a drug three times daily? every 8 hours?
- 9 Feb 2014 by rsmith1822
- 23 April 2021
That's pretty expanatory, you will take 3 pills a day, 8 hrs apart. eg 8AM 4pm 12 am
Yes every 8 hours
Three times daily means three times from the time you get up until you go to bed. If you're supposed to take it every eight hours, the script would say "take every 8 hours". I'm a nurse. :)
I guess kaismama meant "self-explanatory" in his/her very condescending answer, but if it were self-explanatory, why would thousands of people be searching for an answer? It is confusing because many people don't know whether the prescribing physician means every 24 hours, and those 24 hours must be divided equally. That is where the confusion lies. They DO NOT. Though kaismama is correct with the math, physicians consider a "DAY" in this case to be a "WAKING DAY," and not an equally divided 24 hour period. Three times daily typically means, "Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner." I fail to understand why they don't just say that when they write the script, but this has been a question put to pharmacists for at least the past century. KInda' silly, right? To conclude, "Three times a day" means "Three times between waking in the morning, and going to bed at night. With each meal is an acceptable way to take your doses, assuming that you eat three times daily.
Until I see my physician again, I will take them as I have been, it's a new prescription so I haven't really straightened it out yet, but I take them every 6 hours, 3 times a day during waking hours, this correlates with my other prescriptions that I take twice daily, every 12 hours. I think that is the correct spacing. The three times a day prescription is taken at 7am, 1pm, and 7pm, the twice daily I take at 7am and 7pm. Make sense?
Yes take every eight hours.
I'll add more to the confusion about taking three times a day I have an herb bottle here that says take 3 capsules daily does that mean take all 3 at the same time or does it means take throughout the day or in a 24-hour period?
Breakfast lunch and dinner would be sufficient, if it says three times a day on the label.
People every 8hrs means every 8hrs not 3 times a day breakfeast lunch and diner isn't every 8hrs. If you are sleeping and your not and bothered by pain don't take it at midnight you don't need it. If yoyr awake and hurting by all means take it. If your waking up taking won in the morning but it doesn't help taking one pill then by all means set your alarm so your not hurting. Because not taking it at midnight leaves you in to much pain.If you take them morning noon and evening and then wake up at 1 or hurting that means your not taking the far enough apart or you have to take a 4th pill for pain. Use common sense people.
09am, 1pm 5pm
I asked the pharmacist when I picked up my prescription, he told me 3 times daily meant every 8 hours.
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