Ask about your medicine

Pharmacists in the Colchester area are encouraging older people to ask more about the medicines they take.

This week is national Ask about Medicines Week, with this year's focus being 'asking about medicines when we get older'.

As people get older they often need to take more medicine and by asking about the treatments they receive helps health professionals ensure they are being used safely and most effectively.

Questions people should ask about their medicines include:

• What does the medicine do?
• Why is it important to take the medicine?
• When and how it should be taken?
• How long should it be taken for?
• Are there any side affects or risks with taking this medicine?
• Where can I go for more information?

Kajal Shah, lead clinical pharmacist (care for older people) at Colchester General Hospital, said: "People should not be worried about asking questions about their medicines, after all it is important to ensure they understand when and how the treatment should be used.

"Community pharmacists are an excellent source of information and can help with queries regarding all aspects of medicine-taking."

Ask about Medicines Week runs from November 6 to November 10, but people are encouraged always to ask about their medicine if they have any concerns. A leaflet, which includes a medication chart to remind people when to take their treatment, is also available at most pharmacists.

For more information contact Patrick Lowman at Geronimo Communications on 01284 768935.

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