With modern advances in medicine many of our patients find themselves taking several types of medication. Initially when you are diagnosed with a problem we will need to see you quite often until we can be sure that the treatment is both safe and effective. Once your condition is stabilised however we will need to see you less often and will put your medication onto “repeats”.
Your medication will be reviewed regularly but if you are on repeat medication you will need to see us at least once a year.
The review offers both doctors and patients the opportunity to;
- assess your continuing need for medication.
- see if you have any side effects
- ensure you are taking the tablets correctly
- answer any questions you may have about your medication.
If your medication review is over due we will ask you to come in and see us. However if you still have not responded by coming to see us then we are placed in a position where we are unable to say whether you need the medication still or whether it is safe for you to continue taking it.
For some conditions you may need to be seen every 3 or 6 months and some medications are only safe to continue if you have regular blood tests. Each drug is different ; some medications require noregular blood tests, others require them every month. If you have not seen us we may consider it unsafe to continue to prescribe for you and we may decline to issue any further prescriptions until you have seen us.
Since we all forget things [even doctors] you might like to ask your doctor to undertake your medication review when you next see them thus saving time later.