Managing Medicines

Your medicines may come in many shapes or forms. You could take tablets, liquids, capsules, inhalers or patches. You may also use suppositories or have injections. There are three ways that you may obtain your medicines:

  • With a prescription from a health professional
  • Over the counter from chemists, health shops and supermarkets
  • From homoeopaths, naturopaths and herbalists.

You may take your medicines in different ways or at different times of the day or night. You may take them for different reasons. Sometimes you may have more than one medicine to treat the same problem

Your medicines may be given regularly to stop a problem such as pain or nausea. You may have others that are prescribed on a 'just in case' basis. You can use these as symptoms sometimes change quickly.

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Page updated 08 April 2016*