Many people we spoke to described the negative attitudes of other people towards them about the number of medicines they take. Disparaging and sometimes hurtful remarks can come from anyone: friends, family, colleagues, complete strangers and even health professionals.
Some people refer to the experience of ‘the things people say’ as the stigma of taking multiple medicines, or the conditions they are taking medicines for, or both. Other people just feel it is a bother to continually answer the same questions over and over. Most of the people we spoke to are careful who they speak to and what they say about their medicines.