E-DRUG: Literature on missed ARV doses (2)
The issue of missed ARV dosses is a big challenge in the management of HIV/AIDs
clients. The effective way to minimize or overcome this challenge is through
continuous medication adherance counselling on every clinic visit and also
following the SOP on dispensing process through�Pharmacy best practice.
Timing for the next dose�is very important in order to prevent�unwanted drug
effect. For adult client the missed dose should be taken immediately when
realised if the duration is not morethan "6hours" and for paediatric
client�should not be morethan "2hours". Taken after those timing is more or
less doubling the doses and could lead to�unwanted effects of the respective
drugs.However if a client missed ARV for morethan 6hours or 2hours as the case
may be should wait for the next timing of next dose.
Medication adherance counseling�will�help to prevent drug resistance and
tratment failure�in the management of HIV/AIDs clients.
You can get more information from a book compiled by Howard university
Pharmacists and continue education under the Global HIV/AIDS Initiative in
Nigeria, Pharmaceutical care of HIV/AIDS clients for Community Pharmacists.