If you’re taking any medicines, it’s important to understand what it is you’re taking, when to take it and in what doses.
If you’re not taking your medicines as directed then you may be misusing them.
To help promote the safe and wise use of medicines by all Australians, the seventh annual ‘Be Medicinewise Week’ kicks off on 21 August and runs to 27 August.
This year Australians are being reminded that medicine misuse can happen to anyone. To help minimise potential harm you should:
- Ask the right questions
- Take an active role in your health by asking relevant questions about the medicines you use. Have valuable conversations with healthcare professionals.
- Carefully read medicine labels and packaging.
- Ask the right people
- Remember there’s a huge difference between asking a doctor or pharmacist for advice and asking a Facebook group.
- The internet is great for general information, but make sure you double-check any health information with a qualified health professional.
- Follow the right advice
- Follow dosing instructions from your doctor or pharmacist, and ask for clarity if it doesn’t make sense.
- Speak to a health professional before you stop taking a medicine as there may be side-effects.
The more medicines you take, the more difficult it can be to remember important information about them. To help you take charge of your medicines, the MedicineWise app may help. It allows you to set dose reminders so you can take the right medicine, at the right dose, at the right time, exactly as directed by your health professional.
Remember, simple actions can prevent medicine misuse. Follow advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist and always read the labels and packaging of your medicines carefully.
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.