Take time to learn about medications
Talk to the pharmacist about the different drugs you are taking
BEING medicine-wise and in control of your health involves a few simple steps.
Firstly, know why you are taking medications.
Medicine reviews may be taken in store to reduce confusion and improve communication with your doctor and pharmacist.
In turn, this results in better management of your medications and health.
Second, as new medications – including vitamins and natural products – can interact with your existing medicines, discuss any additions or changes with your doctor or pharmacist.
Alternative therapies can be useful and may complement prescription medication, but care should always be taken.
Third, prepare a medicine list. This makes it easier to keep track of which medicines are being taken, the dosage and frequency.
In an emergency situation, this can help a doctor or paramedic to treat you well by complementing your treatment.
Fourth, if you have various medicines to take, invest in aWebster-Pak to ease confusion.
Your pharmacist will place the medicines for each day into the correct holder. You just pop them out of the pack at each meal.
Finally, safely dispose of medications by returning them to the pharmacy once you have finished the prescribed course.
The Gayndah and Mundubbera pharmacies can safely dispose of both drugs and syringes.
Disposing unused medicines will remove confusion about expiry dates and ensure your house is safe for children and pets.