How Much “Dose” Do You Need?

Illustration of people talking about dose.

“Dose” isn’t the most difficult health word out there, but — generally speaking — it’s not one of our favorites. We won’t tell you to completely strike it from your vocabulary, but we will urge you to proceed with caution. Why? Often, “dose” can sound too clinical and abstract.

To get around using “dose,” try something like “amount” or “how much.”

  • Make a list of all the medicines you take, including how much you take and when you take each one.
  • The amount of medicine you need depends on how much you weigh.

Sometimes, you may be able to specify a quantity instead.

  • If 1 aspirin doesn’t make you feel better, it’s okay to take 2.

But once in a while, “dose” is the best word for the job. For example:

  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.

The bottom line: Keep in mind that “dose” is a clinical word. Our prescription: Use only as needed.