Taking your medicine exactly as prescribed should improve your blood glucose control and give you more energy, better sleep and fewer days off work. It can also help prevent, delay or minimise your risk of developing complications of type 2 diabetes.
If you are taking several medicines, you may find a Home Medicines Review by a pharmacist useful in managing your medicines.
A medicines list can help you keep track of all the medicines you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, herbal and natural medicines. To get the best out of a medicines list make sure that you:
- keep it up to date by removing any medicines you are no longer using and adding new medicines as you start using them,
- take it with you each time you visit your doctor, pharmacist or health professional, or if you go into hospital,
- keep it with you at all times in case of emergency.
If you experience unpleasant side effects, do not stop taking your medicine. Talk to your health professional, as they may be able to alter the dose, timing, formulation or medicine, to minimise adverse effects.
Phone for medicines information
Call Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) to get information about your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines (herbal, 'natural', vitamins and mineral supplements) from a pharmacist. Your call will be answered by healthdirect Australia.