First of all, if I ever had a real question about my health or any medication I might take I would call my doctor. That said . . .
How much time must elapse before a pill is considered “in your system?” For example, if I take a drug and vomit it up five minutes later, I’ll probably assume that I may as well have not taken the medicine in question and perhaps take another dose. On the other hand, if I take a pill and then get sick five hours later, I’m probably going to assume that the drug “took,” and not worry about it.
I anticipate that people will say something like, “Well, it depends on the drug.” I understand that, but I’m wondering if there might be some “general rule.” It might not matter much if a person at home misses a dose of sudaphed or double doses on aspirin, but I imagine that a “vomit rule” could be quite important at a hospital where missed and double doses of drugs can result in death.
Thanks in advance.
This post inspired by a baby who decided to wake her father up at four in the morning and spew about a gallon of antibiotic-laced formula all over him.