Why Medication Reviews are Important
Medication reviews are essential in ensuring that the medication you are taking is being effective and is necessary. If your medication is on a repeat prescription, medication reviews give you the chance to inform the doctor of any changes to your symptoms, and allows the doctor to make any necessary changes to manage your health appropriately.
You will notice that your repeat prescription slip has a comment next to each medication. Sometimes it will say something like 'Last ordered on ... ... You may order ... more items'. This tells you when the item was last ordered by you, and how many more times you can order it before your next medication review.
At other times an item will have a comment like this: 'A medication review is needed before this item is next issued'. This is your prompt to arrange a consultation with your GP or practice pharmacist. This is really important! We will not issue the medication unless you have this review.
Here is a list of some questions you might like to ask in your medication review:
- Why am I taking this medication?
- What does it do?
- How and when should I take it?
- How can I be sure it's safe?
- Do I really need it?
- Are there any side effects?
- How long do I need it for?
- You could also ask about anything else that bothers you about your medication. If you don't ask, then your GP may not know there is a problem.
And here is a list of questions you may be asked by your GP:
- Are you taking your medication regularly?
- Do you feel you still need this medication?
- Do you feel that the dose could be decreased at all?
- Are you taking any other medication not listed on your repeat medication list - herbal or from a pharmacy?
- Are you experiencing any side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, wheezing, rash, swelling or fainting?
- Is there any thing we can do to make it easier for you to take this medication?
- Do you only order what you need every month therefore cutting down on wasted medication?
Did you know?
- Waste medicines cost Aneurin Bevan Health Board an estimated £4million every year
- This could mean that prescriptions may not always be free
- Unused medication cannot be reused even if they are unopened
- Please only order medication that you need and refrain from stockpiling.