About the project
The Living with multiple medicines project is about people’s experiences of taking five or more medicines by seeing and hearing them share their personal stories on film.
Our researcher travelled around Australia to talk to 34 people (including four doctors and one pharmacist) in their own homes or workplaces. Find out what people said about:
- how they feel about taking multiple medicines
- communicating with others
- problems they have with their medicines and how these are resolved.
We hope you find the information helpful and reassuring. All information about the people we spoke to is current as of the time we interviewed them.
An introduction by Professor Ric Day
Ric Day is Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of New South Wales and St Vincent's Hospital, and a clinical pharmacologist and rheumatologist.
In this study, we spoke to people who take five or more medicines, including prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines that are purchased without a prescription (such as paracetamol) and complementary medicines (including natural and herbal medicines; alternative, traditional or holistic remedies; homeopathy; aromatherapy oils; and vitamins and minerals, which can also be part of medical treatment).
The issues raised by the people we spoke to, such as side effects, interactions between medicines, accidental overdosing, forgetting to take medicines and adapting daily routines, may also be relevant to people who are taking fewer than five medicines. However, taking multiple medicines increases the chance of experiencing side effects and interactions.
Perceptions of taking multiple medicines
Hear about what taking multiple medicines means and how people describe positive and negative aspects.
- What are multiple medicines? What health professionals say
- How people feel about taking multiple medicines
- Adjusting to the impact of multiple medicines
- Benefits and disadvantages of taking multiple medicines
The 'business' of taking multiple medicines
Listen to the procedures and strategies that people adopt to accommodate their medicines in their daily routines.
Messages to others
Listen to the suggestions for others who take multiple medicines and the people who are close to them.
The Living with multiple medicines project was developed in collaboration with