medication

Regularly Review your Medications

It’s important if you have a long-term illness to review your medications regularly with your main medical professional. This includes prescribed medication, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal and alternative medicines from various sources. Some medicines don’t mix, may cause nasty side effects, driving problems or may be affected by alcohol. Your pharmacist can also provide a …

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Understanding medication instructions

Patients should have a written instructions from the pharmacy advising when to take their oral chemotherapy drugs and other medications. Make sure you read and understand the information. Always take your medication as directed by the Doctor or Pharmacist. Some medication is instructed to be taken with food and some on an empty stomach. This also includes …

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Handling the oral chemotherapy drugs

Sometimes patient’s family or carers are required to help the patient to handle the medication. They should never touch chemotherapy medicine with their bare hands. Invest in rubber gloves as the chemotherapy drug could be absorbed into the person’s body through their skin. Always wash your hands after taking off the gloves and hand sanitise for extra …

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Check your medications

Review your medications regularly with your main medical professional if you are receiving prescribed medication, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal and alternative medicines from various sources. Some medicines don’t mix, may cause nasty side effects, driving problems or may be affected by alcohol. Your pharmacist can also provide a print out of your prescribed medicines and the …

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Plan ahead

Note to self: Important! Check that you have repeat prescriptions to cover the Christmas period. Some local pharmacies may be offering reduced opening hours over Christmas. It’s important to plan ahead as some prescriptions are not in stock and could take several days to acquire. Running out of medications would be disastrous and stress anxiety …

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Your medication plan

A central management to monitor medicine use is important including prescribed medication, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal and alternative medicines. Your pharmacist can also provide a print out of your prescribed medicines and the times they need to be taken to help with managing your medicines. It is important that medication is taken as prescribed.  This includes taking …

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