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take one's medicine

Fig. to accept the consequences or the bad fortune that one deserves. (Alludes to having to take unpleasant-tasting medicine.) I know I did wrong, and I know I have to take my medicine. Billy knew he was going to get spanked, and he didn't want to take his medicine.
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You may need to take medicine even if you feel well.
Our advice on taking medicine during the current swine flu outbreak is really the same as it always is - only take medicines that are prescribed for you by a healthcare professional, only buy medicines from a source you know you can trust, such as your local pharmacy, and never take anyone else's medication.
For example, if a teen is having difficulty remembering to take medicines, ways to make it easier to remember should be tried first.
Interestingly, compliance, or the ability to take medicines according to prescribed instructions, is often harder in teens with well-controlled seizures than in teens who have ongoing seizures
There are many reminders available to make it easier to take medicines at the right time.
Taking notes and having someone else present during doctor visits can be of great help when learning how to take medicines.