Tips for handling the medication needs of a loved one

Looking after the medication needs of another person is a huge responsibility, and can often become quite a complicated task. Here are our top tips on successfully assisting someone with their medication needs. 

If in doubt, always ask the pharmacist, GP or call NHS “111”, or in an emergency call “999”.

Be knowledgeable

When dealing with the medication needs of another person, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the person’s condition, the type and purpose of medications that have been prescribed, and what to expect in the way of side effects. This ensures that you’ll know at the earliest opportunity when something goes wrong.

When medication is supplied by the pharmacy, the packets will contain inserts called Patient Information leaflets (PIL). We’d strongly recommend that you keep these leaflets for further reference. 

Alternatively, there are many websites where you can look up information on medication, these include:

Here are some tips on being knowledgeable about medications:

Be diligent 

With all the complicated names of medications these days, never mind the variable doses, it’s easy to lose track of what should be taken and when. Here are some simple tips to make sure that you don’t lose your way.

Be safe

Improper use of medications can have disastrous consequences so safety should always be at the forefront of your mind when dealing with the medication needs of yourself and others.