Tips for Managing Medicines

  • Keep a list of what medicines you have and why you are taking them. This is helpful if you have more than one doctor
  • Take your medicines lists to appointments. Either you or your doctor should keep this up-to-date. It can get confusing when some medicines are stopped and others are started
  • You may find that organising these different scripts takes time. Make sure you have enough medicines to last over weekends and public holidays. It is more difficult to get a repeat prescription at these times. You may want to use a diary or calendar note to prompt you when a new prescription is required
  • It may be helpful to use the same local pharmacy for your medicines. They will be able to stock the medicines that you are likely to need
  • You may have a lot of tablets, or some very large ones. This can occasionally make it difficult to swallow them. You may be able to get some or all of them prescribed in another way (such as an oral liquid or injection)
  • Make sure that your medicines are kept safe. Store them properly according to the instructions and out of reach of young children and family pets
  • You must not keep medicines that you are not using or that are out of date. Take them to your pharmacy for correct disposal
  • Sometimes medications don’t agree with everyone. You will need to watch for adverse effects, and monitor what is happening. This could be anything from a rash, to a wheeze, or diarrhoea. Report any adverse effects to the doctor and keep a record of this
  • You may be given medicines on discharge from hospital. These may, or may not, be the same as what you were taking at home. As this could get confusing, it is important that you clarify any changes with your doctor or pharmacist.

Last updated 01 December 2017