What Does 3 Times A Day Mean

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Katt Says:

when taking medication & the directions are 1 tablet 3 times a day, how many hour's are between each tablet

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David Says:

Hi Katt,

When the directions state "1 tablet, 3 times daily", I think most people base the "3 times daily" off of a 24 hour period, where as you can simply divide 24 by 3 times and have "1 tablet, every 8 hours".

Some people might not wait 8 hours and may just take it 3 times spread out during the day and not have any at night. I personally would go with the "every 8 hours" deal, because I find it easier to track.

I hope this helps to answer your question! :)

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Me Says:
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David you must be a machine being up for 24hrs, when do you sleep? For 1 pill every 8 hours you times 8 by 2=16. 1 pill at 0hrs, next at 8hrs then final at 16hrs. Most people are awake for 16hrs of the day.

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good2go Says:

- A medication with a dosage of, for example, "3 times a day" means you take your meds 3 times evenly spaced throughout your waking hours, usually 16.
- A medication with a dosage of, for example, "every 6 hours" means specifically that. You must take the medication every 6 hours, regardless of your sleep schedule.

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