Chronic health problems like diabetes, stroke, heart disease, arthritis or high blood pressure can also mean multiple medications may be given, often by different specialists. These may interact and produce unwanted side effects.
The National Prescribing Service (NPS) has information on effects of many common medications and how to organise a home medication review through your local pharmacist. A home medication review involves a pharmacist making a home-visit and then a follow-up with your GP to discuss any recommendations or changes with your medication.
You could also speak to your local pharmacist about a blister pack service, where the pharmacist places the prescribed medication in a Webster or Blister pack.
Webster, Blister Packs and Dosette Boxes can all help you manage medication more easily.
Blister or Webster pack: this pack sets out all daily medications that need to be taken at each particular time of the day, for each day of the week.
Dosette boxes are invidualised boxes containing medications organised into sections by day and time.
These aids can be very helpful if the person you care for takes many medications.
If the person you care for is in hospital, you could ask ward staff to page your doctor or hospital pharmacist to discuss any concerns you have about medication before discharge.