Medicines can come in many forms such as tablets, powders, liquids, patches, injections, inhalations, creams, oils and suppositories.
Some can be taken once a day, some must be taken four times a day, and some are slow release so they may only need to be taken monthly.
Some are one-off treatments, others are a month's course, and some are prescribed on an ongoing basis. Some medicines you might need to take for the rest of your life.
Whatever the type of medicine, it is important that you take it only as directed. Taking it incorrectly could mean you end up with too little or too much of the medicine in your body. If this happens, you don't get the full benefit, or you are at greater risk of side effects and other problems.
Make sure your health professional provides clear written instructions on how you need to take your medicine. If you are concerned that you will find it difficult to take the medicine as prescribed, discuss this with your health professional.
You can find information about your medicine, including the consumer medicine information (CMI), through the NPS Medicine Finder. Talk it over with your health professional if you have any questions about it.
Learn more about managing your medicines