Ever wondered why your doctor prescribes you different medicine to eat throughout the day instead of just gulping them all down in the morning? Your body absorbs certain pills better at particular times of the day, according to New York University researchers. Here’s how you should be taking your meds.
BY BREAKFAST: BLOOD PRESSURE PILLS
Your blood pressure peaks in the morning, so you’re better off taking a beta-blocker or blood pressure pill at 7am instead of 7pm, according to scientists from China’s Zhejiang University.
AFTER LUNCH: ASTHMA MEDICATION
Your lung function is 50 per cent lower at night, University of Sao Paulo researchers found. An afternoon dose of asthma medication best prevents an attack when you finally hit the sack.
BEFORE BED: ALLERGY TABLETS
For those with morning rhinitis: University of Colorado scientists found that allergy symptoms are best treated at night, before pollen and other allergens have a chance to build up. Bonus: If the medication is supposed to make you feel drowsy, time them just before bedtime so you’ll at least enjoy a restful sleep!