Everyone we spoke to noted that, while there are many disadvantages to taking multiple medicines, there are also definite benefits to be gained. We also asked them what the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ things are about having to take multiple medicines.
The side effects of medicines and finding effective ways to remember to take their medicines are often mentioned as being the most significant disadvantages of taking multiple medicines. For many people, the sheer number of medicines they take is the worst thing about their medicines. They also describe the fatigue of their necessary and relentless medication routines and knowing that they will be dependent on medicines for the rest of their life.
For some people, taking multiple medicines is a clear and visible reminder that they are not perfectly healthy.