What to do if you regularly use several medicines

Managing several medicines at once can be a challenge, but the tips below will help you avoid mishaps.

Take special care to reduce the risk of problems

  • Know the names of your medicines, and what they look like.
  • Record details of your medicines, including why you are using them on a Medicines List.
  • Read the consumer medicine information (CMI) for your medicines (available on our Medicines search page or from your pharmacist or doctor) and keep this information handy for future reference.
  • Ask your pharmacist for advice on medication organisers — such as ones you fill yourself each day or week, or blister packs (e.g. Webster™ paks) filled by the pharmacist for a small fee. This will help you separate your medicines into the times and days you need to take them.
  • Take out-of-date or unused medicines to your pharmacy for safe disposal.

A note on storage: Store medicines away from heat and damp because these conditions can damage most medicines. Do not store medicines in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave your medicines in a car. Always keep out of reach of children.

Have your medicines reviewed

See your doctor regularly or at least every 6 to 12 months to have your medicines reviewed. Ask whether you should stop taking your medicines or change the dosage.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist whether a Home Medicines Review would be useful to help you avoid problems with your medicines.

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