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Chronotherapy is timing the consumption of your medication for optimal benefits and minimal side effects
Medication and Care Management
Capital City Nurses offers two levels of assistance to make it easier for clients to set up and maintain their medication schedules:
Registered nurses are available to coordinate medication orders with a client’s physicians. Registered nurses visit on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to prepare and pour medications for a client.
Nursing assistants help clients keep track of medication schedules and provide medication reminders.
Care Management services include a detailed nursing & psychosocial assessment. On-going services can include:
- Regular nurse visits
- Facilitation of needed resources
- Advocacy & liaison between medical providers
- Status reports to family
AARP reports on this important medication strategy
Michael Smolensky, adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Texas, Austin says, “The body doesn’t respond to medications in the same way at different times of the day, Some drugs are not as effective or as well tolerated if they’re taken at the wrong biological time. It’s not that they’re not effective at all, but they’re certainly much less effective.”
In fact, drugs labeled “take one a day” often work better when taken at night. Modifying the timing of drugs to achieve the greatest benefit with the lowest risk of unpleasant side effects is called drug chronotherapy.
There have been tremendous advances in timing treatments for hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis, for example, according to Smolensky.
Although chronotherapy is a hot topic these days, your doctor or pharmacist may not be aware of it.
“Unfortunately, there’s a disconnect between what’s taught to doctors and what we know from chronotherapy research,” says circadian biologist Georgios Paschos of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. “Except for a few conditions, clinical medicine hasn’t yet caught up with our findings,” he says. But, he predicts, this will change in the next decade or two.