Use of Drugs

Finding the Optimal Dose

Hero-Image Finding the Optimal Dose

Before you change the drug regimen, talk to your doctor or pharmacist – and be on the safe side

Finding the optimal dose is part of the strictly regulated drug development process. The patient information states the recommended dose and regimen (e.g. “three times a day”) that has been approved by the health authorities. Based on his or her medical experience and assessment, your doctor may slightly vary the dose to adjust it to your individual condition.


Changing the dose yourself is not safe: it can weaken the drug effects that you need to get better. And it can even increase the risk of side effects. If you find it hard to use the drug as instructed, talk to your doctor or pharmacist: he or she knows what to do and, if needed, might also be able to switch you safely to a different treatment.