Ages and life stages

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'One size fits all' doesn't apply to medicines — you may need to think differently about medicines at different times of your life; for example, during pregnancy or when you are looking after young children, or when you are an older person. Being medicinewise means knowing how to use medicines safely at these different life stages.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Some medicines are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but some have risks. When weighing up the pros and cons of taking a medicine in pregnancy you also need to consider the risk to you or your baby if your medical condition is not treated. Read more about medicines, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Kids' medicine

Small mistakes can cause big problems in little bodies, so parents and carers need to know how to give medicines to children safely. Knowing how to accurately measure and administer medicines to children will help to avoid accidental overdosing or underdosing.

Older people and medicines

As we age, the way our bodies handle and react to medicines changes. It's not that things change suddenly when we turn 65. Rather, the gradual process of ageing means that older people's bodies handle medicines slightly differently than younger people's bodies. For example, some older people are more sensitive to a medicine's intended effects, side effects and interactions.

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