Update your medicines list now

If you take one or more regular medicines, now is the time to make sure you have an up-to-date list of all the medication you need, according to health experts.

Pharmacist Nerida Packham from NPS MedicineWise says now is the time to get serious about your medicines list, ahead of the anticipated increase in people seeking healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A medicines list is a complete list of all your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines.

An up-to-date medicines list is important in case you need to go into hospital unexpectedly or visit a doctor or pharmacist who is not familiar with your health status.

“Updating your medicines list is easier when you are feeling well, so now is the time to make sure yours is up to date,” said Ms Packham.

“If you care for someone, help them prepare a list of their medicines too, and make sure family members know where and how to access a copy of each other’s medicines lists,” she said.

It is also important to record the active ingredients of your medicines, what the medicine is used for and how and when you take it.

“You can record your list of your medicines or the medicines of someone you care for in whichever way suits you best,” explained Ms Packham.

“Most importantly, have the medicines list with you when you go into hospital, or visit or talk to your doctor.”

For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au , or call the 24-hour National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450. Details of your state or territory public health agency are available at www.health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts

Do you have a medicines list? Is it up to date?

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