Archive for 17th October 2005

Usability Problems in Antibiotics?

My doctor prescribed me some antibiotics, Diclocil (Dicloxacillin 500 mg), for an infection I have and I’ve been trying hard to take them as instructed.. except it’s impossible. The instructions are to:

  • Take one capsule every six hours
  • Take on an empty stomach (at least one hour before meals or two hours after)
  • Take at bedtime

In case it’s not already painfully obvious, these restrictions make the instructions hard to follow for anyone who wants to try and live life on a sane schedule.

Recall that there are 24 hours in a day. So if you are to take them six hours apart, you need to do it exactly six hours apart, four times a day. Unfortunately, we also need to take them on an empty stomach, but we generally have three meals a day. In addition, humans tend to sleep for roughly eight hours a night and usually have breakfast when they wake up.

Seriously, who the hell came up with this? Talk about products designed without considering the whole human condition!

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