& Responsible Use
Find out more about making sure you’re taking your medication correctly
Sometimes patients receive medicines they don’t actually use, or use only occasionally. This means that they can lose out on the intended health benefits of their prescription. That can be a major headache in more ways than one.
Not only does it mean that that their symptoms can get much worse if left untreated – the latest Department of Health report suggests this can cost the NHS many, many millions in avoidable extra treatment costs – it also means that these medicines cannot be used again and need to be incinerated.
There are a number of reasons patients do not take their medicines as prescribed including;
- patients not believing the medicine is necessary;
- possible side effects;
- fitting taking or using medicines into daily routines;
- choosing between medicines if patients’ feel they are taking too many, and;
- cutting down or stopping medicines they have been taking for a long time.
Please only order the medication you need & avoid ordering early. If you have any queries over your medication please book an appointment with our practice pharmacist.