It is important to have a good understanding of your medicines and how to take them safely.
- It is important to know about your medicines; the more you know and understand, the more chance you have of taking your medications properly and safely.
- Many people take a number of medicines that help them manage conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or pain relief. Every year, however, a number of adults and children end up in hospital or occasionally even die due to errors or reactions to medications.
- Remembering to take your medication regularly can be difficult. Learn some handy tips to help you remember.
- Learn about storing your medicine properly to keep it from getting damaged. Where you store your medicine can affect how well it works.
- Medicines are a big part of treatment for many health problems such as such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or pain relief. They can help you feel better, get well and even save lives. But, all medicines have unwanted effects.
- While most medications don't affect driving ability, some prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can cause reactions that may make it unsafe to drive. Read more about medicines and their effect on driving.
Useful websites and resources
- Taking your medication safely helpful information and tips as well as pamphlets from Health Quality & Safety Commission NZ and Waitemata DHB
- NZ Medicines Formulary
- Online Pharmaceutical Schedule PHARMAC
- Medsafe Information about safe use of medications and regulations for New Zealand health sector
- Consumer medicine information search for a medication
- Prescriber Datasheets more detailed information about medications
- Special authority forms
- PHARMAC Online order PHARMAC information and resources
- Te Whaioranga - means optimal wellness. New site from PHARMAC to support working more effectively with dhanau
- Safer Rx website from Waitemata DHB to support safer use of high risk medications
- Preventing medication errors – quality chasm series report brief (Institute of Medicine)
- Interventions for enhancing medication adherence (Cochrane Review, 2007)
- Medication adherence – evidence for action (World Health Organisation, 2003)
- Guide for safe use of medicines (English), (Chinese), (Korean) SafeRx, Waitemata DHB, 2013