People have found ways to manage many side effects of their medicines. For example, constipation as a side effect is experienced by many people we spoke to, many of whom say they have learned to manage this by increasing their intake of fibre. Sometimes it is possible to take their medicine at a different time of the day, which reduces the side effect or stops it altogether.
One person we spoke to did not realise until she had a home visit with a nurse that she should have been taking one medicine after food. When she started taking the medicine after breakfast, the day-long stomach pains she was having were resolved immediately.
Other people are able to temporarily stop a medicine if they have a ‘one-off’ event planned and want to avoid a particularly unpleasant side effect. Some people need to be prescribed additional medicines to manage side effects that are unbearable and have not reduced over time.