Helen
Female
Age at interview: 58
Number of medicines: 10
Cultural background: Anglo-Australian

Helen describes what she does when she forgets to take a medicine, according to which medicine it is.

It depends on which one it is. Yeah. If … I used to worry quite a lot, and I've discovered that missing one dose of anything doesn't usually make that much difference. If I miss my asthma medication, I know I've got a reliever with me. So if the worst came to the worst, I've got a backup. 

If I miss my hypertension medication, I think oh, okay, hopefully it's not going to be a stressful day at work, but just deal with. I would take that one in the evening, when I get home. Possibly change my routine to taking that one in the evening, instead of in the morning. 

If I forget part of my arthritic medication … if it's a painkiller, no, unlikely to forget that. If it's one of the others, like krill oil or the chondroitin, well I've just forgotten it, and that's just the way it goes.

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The Living with multiple medicines project was developed in collaboration with Healthtalk Australia.