Purchasing medicines for yourself and others
When you purchase medicines for yourself or others you must be prepared to provide the pharmacist with the following;
- All the symptoms and how long you have had them
- Any treatment you may have already tried
- All other medicines you take, including complementary medicines and supplements like minerals or vitamins. Medicines that have been prescribed by your GP, pharmacist, complementary medicine practitioner or other health professional
- Whether you are sensitive or allergic to any medicines
- Relevant medical history
Questions to ask about medicines
To help you understand your medicines, here are some questions you may want ask your Pharmacist, GP or health professional;
- What will the medicine do?
- How and when should the medicine be taken?
- How long will I need to take it?
- Will it interact with other medication I am taking?
- Are there any foods or drinks I should avoid while taking the medicine.?
- What are the side effects and risks?
- What should I do if I do have side effects?
Using your medicine
- Keep all medicines securely locked in a cool dry place and in original containers
- Keep out of sight & reach of children
- Before taking any medication always read the label and patient information before taking any recommended dose
- Never use ‘out of date’ medication, always check the expiry date
- Take any unused medication to your pharmacist who will dispose of it safely
- Pharmacists can offer expert advice on medicines and advise you on which medicines are best suited for treating your symptoms
- Discuss with a health professional to make sure your medicine is suitable
- Other medicines you are taking or your condition may affect whether the medicine is suitable for you
- Always ask your pharmacist for advice before giving any ‘over the counter’ medication to children