Medicines information

Let's talk medicines

Let's talk medicines

Healthcare is always changing, so it’s important to look at the medicines you are taking on a regular basis. 

If you’ve been using the same repeat prescription for the while, maybe you’re not sure how effective it is or even if it’s still required.

We would encourage you to take a fresh look at the medicines you are taking and talk to your pharmacist or GP if you have any questions or concerns.

Possible questions

Some questions you might want to consider are:

  • Do you know what the medicine was prescribed for?
  • Do you know how often you should be taking it?
  • Have you experienced any side effects that you are worried about?
  • Have you decided to stop taking certain medicines as you don’t think you need them anymore, but haven’t mentioned this to your pharmacist or GP?

Whatever the question or issue, remember it’s always ok to ask. 

Why should I tell my pharmacist or GP if I’ve stopped taking certain medicines?

It is always ok to be involved in deciding what treatments are best for you. If there are reasons why you do not want to continue taking a medication then discuss this decision with your pharmacist and or GP.

Maybe having more information around your medicines will help you with this decision or there may be other treatment options that you could discuss.

Stopping medication may affect your health so it’s important to speak to your pharmacist or GP about this.

If, after this discussion you no longer require this medication, they can amend your repeat prescription so you don’t continue to be prescribed medicines, which you longer need to take.

What should I do if I have been prescribed a medicine that’s used to treat a condition which I don’t have?

Many medicines can be used to treat a range of different conditions and you may have been prescribed it for a reason which is different to what it is commonly used for.

For example, certain medicines which are commonly used to treat depression can also be prescribed for pain relief.

If you have any questions or concerns about the medicines you’ve been prescribed then talk to your pharmacist or GP.

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You can also find out more about medicines in the other sections of this article, and within our Common Health Questions pages.

Last updated: 22 April 2014