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Medicines/Drugs - Do’s and Don’ts of taking medicines

Dos and Don'ts of taking medicinesThese are all fairly common sense ones really but sometimes it helps just to go over them

  • Ask your GP/Nurse what the new medicine is for and any special instructions.

  • Read the information leaflet that is provided with your medication, if there isn't one provided, ask the pharmacist for one

  • Take the whole course of medication that you have been given

  • Make sure you take all your medicines with you if you go into hospital or on holiday in their original packets

  • Tell you doctor if you think you might be pregnant

  • Make sure your GP remembers your specific allergies if you have any when they are writing out your new prescription

  • Take the medicine at the same time every day

  • Use special pill boxes to help you remember to take your medication – set up alarms on you mobile if you are forgetful or a clock at home, or use a calendar.

  • Ask for larger print on labels if you have difficulty with reading.

  • Ask your pharmacist if you have problems swallowing tablets if it comes in a liquid form or if you can half or crush the tablets.

  • Ask your pharmacist advice about over the counter drugs and if they will interact badly with your current medication.

Do not:-

  • Take anyone else’s medicine

  • Give your medicine to anyone else

  • Flush unused medicines down the toilet or throw in the bin –instead return to your pharmacist.

  • Take over-the-counter medications, vitamins or herbal remedies without talking to your GP, or pharmacist

  • Stop taking your medicine without consulting your doctor

  • Use out of date medication – return to pharmacist

  • Store your medicines in a bathroom – they should be kept away from heat light and moisture.

  • Take any medicine which is discoloured or has an unusual smell - return them to the pharmacy

  • Keep your medicines where children can have access to them/

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