Practical Ways to Manage Medicines

The more health complaints you have, the more medicines you are likely to take. Therefore managing your medicines is important, but it can be difficult. This may apply to yourself or someone that you are caring for.

You can easily forget to give or to take medicines, or even take them twice. You will find it easier if you use a medicines list to record this information. It is important that you take this list to all of your medical appointments. You should also ask your doctor to update this for you when your medicines are changed.

Sometimes, your doctor or pharmacist may suggest that you use a dose administration aid. This is a way to organise your medicines so that they are easier to manage. Your pharmacist may be able to fill this regularly for you. There may be a cost for this service.

Adverse effects

All medicines can cause adverse effects. This could be a reaction to a medicine for example. You (or the person that you are caring for) may only experience some, or none of these effects. Discuss all adverse effects with your doctor or pharmacist. Some may just be temporary, while others may be a sign of a bigger issue.

You may worry that someone has had an overdose or suspected poisoning. If this happens, call the Poisons Information Centre, 24 hours a day (phone 13 11 26). For general emergencies call 000, 24 hours a day, and ask for an ambulance.


Last updated 24 January 2017