Medication safety

Medication safetyIt’s estimated that up to half of all medicines prescribed for long-term conditions are not taken as the doctor who prescribed them intended.

Whether you’re taking prescription medicine, or over-the-counter medication, these safety tips are a good place to start to get the most out of your medication, and be sure that you’re using it correctly.

What can you do?

  • Keep a record of all the medicines you are taking.
  • Know why you need each medicine and what the benefits are for you.
  • If you do not understand the information, ask your pharmacist, doctor or nurse.
  • Read information leaflets for any special instructions or side effects, and what to do if you have any side effects.
  • Make sure any professional who treats you knows about the medicines you are already taking, and if you have an allergy.
  • If someone you care for cannot understand and manage their medicines, make sure someone is helping them.

Find out more information on the NHS website.