Medicines do not have to be part of your care plan, and if they are, they do not have to play a large role in your life. It is important to remember that you have a right to decide what treatments and medicines, if any, you want to include as part of your future care.
You may already be taking medicines for other health problems you had before you were diagnosed with dementia. How you respond to these medicines may change when you have dementia. Your symptoms of dementia may also be making it harder for you to manage your medicines on your own.
The more medicines you need, the greater your risk of experiencing side effects and medicine interactions. It is vital to practice good medicine management techniques to minimise your risk of side effects and medicines interactions.
Read more about side effects and interactions.
All medicines you are taking should be reviewed regularly by a health professional involved in your care, to make sure they are necessary and useful, and that interactions between them are minimised.
NPS MedicineWise and Dementia Australia (formerly Alzheimer’s Australia) have developed a fact sheet on Tips for good medicine management in dementia, to help you and your carers avoid medicine mistakes and use your medicines most effectively.