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Slow-Release Medicine

What is slow-release medicine?

Slow-release medicine refers to medications that release a consistent amount of the drug over a longer period of time. Slow-release medications may also be referred to as extended-release or controlled-release medicines, and are often labeled with an “ER,” “XR,” or “CR” to designate them as such.

Medications are often offered in both a slow-release and immediate-release form. Immediate-release medications result in a higher peak of concentration before dipping down again.

How does slow-release medicine improve healthcare?

One of the greatest benefits of slow-release medicine is that it allows patients to take fewer dosages throughout the day, which decreases the risk of the patient missing a dose. This means that those taking slow-release medicines need only one or two doses per day instead of three or four.

Additionally, since slow-release medication releases the drug at a slower rate, there are fewer concentration peaks in the body, which results in fewer side effects. Ultimately, this means that those who take slow-release drugs experience fewer unpleasant effects, making it more sustainable to continue taking the medication.