Patient safety week: focus on medication

There are many different medications that people can take – either prescribed by a doctor or obtained from the pharmacy. All medications have risks and benefits and it is important to be aware of these so that you can get the most out of your medication and ensure you are taking it correctly. Pharmacists are the medication experts, and at Remadee we have a clinical team available to answer all your medication queries.

Ideally, when you start a new medication you should be given the answers to the following questions:

  • What is my medicine called?
  • What is it for?
  • When and how do I take it?
  • What impact does driving have on this medication?
  • What happens if I stop this medicine?
  • What side effects do I need to be aware of?

Multiple Medications

Often people take several medications and it is important to check that the combination can be taken safely together (including any herbal preparations). Using the same pharmacy consistently helps as they will keep a record of all your regular medications. If you are unsure, ask one of our pharmacists.

Medicine Use Review

If you have recently been in the hospital, prescribed a new medication from your GP or a Specialist or if your medications are all running out at different times, this is a good time to come into the pharmacy for a Medicine Use Review. A Medicine Use Review is a one-on-one consult with our Clinical Pharmacist where you can ask any questions about your medicine, and a time to check that you are taking things correctly (including your vitamins etc).