Taking control of your medication

Make a list

Try and know the names of the medication you are on, why you are on it and what doses.  Most adults would keep a written list so why don’t you or better still put it on your phone.

Getting into the habit

Getting into the habit of taking medication regularly can be difficult.  If you are struggling ask your parents as they may be able to help.  Although help can sometimes be seen as nagging so getting into good habits could make life a little easier.
Some suggestions include using special boxes from the chemist, placing your medication near something you use every day – toothbrush, breakfast cereal; set your alarm on your phone.

If you are struggling to take your medication at the times that you should it may affect how you feel in the short term, like no energy to do anything, or it may have an effect on your health in the long term, like thinner bones more likely to break.  Tell the doctor or nurse as they may be able to suggest a way of making it easier (less or different types of medication) or explain things in a way that makes you think that remembering to take your medication is important.

Getting my own prescriptions

When you are ready check with your GP surgery and chemist at what age they are happy to allow you to take control and organise your own prescriptions.  Then get your parents show you how they do it.

Don’t pay if you don’t have to

Don’t forget that you get free prescriptions up to the age of 16 or 18 if you are in full time education and also for life if you are on hydrocortisone or thyroxine or have a problem with your pituitary gland or have had cancer in the past.

Questions you should ask your doctor or nurse about every medication you are on

  • What is the medication for?
  • How long will I need to be on this medication?
  • What are the benfits of the medication now and in the future?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • Can I stop or change change the medication if I need to?
  • I have some worries about my medication, who can I talk to?
  • How can I fit taking my medication into my lifestyle?