Purchasing medicines

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  • Never use ‘out of date’ medication, always check the expiry date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