Keep record of medicine, expert says

Posted on 27 April 2011

Older people on medication, who may have long term care plans, must keep a record of which pills they are taking, one expert has advised.

GP Dr Rob Hicks has said that it is important people retain their repeat prescriptions and keep a record of what they have taken, whether it be over-the-counter or not.

He explained that people do not tend to see the same medical professional all the time now, and will sometimes opt to switch practices.

"It is not as if nowadays it is hard because if somebody is on a repeat prescription, they get the printout that they need to supply to get their repeat, so it is there written," he said.

"If everybody did that then everybody would be safer and life would be a lot simpler as well."

This follows a survey by Opinion Health which said that almost half of women would take more than one type of painkiller at the same time, without asking their doctor or pharmacist.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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