There are many types of medicines used for the treatment of arthritis. Medicines play an important role in managing your arthritis and therefore, it is important to understand how to manage your medicines effectively.
Medicines need to be used safely and the following are some important points to help you manage your medicines:
- Know why you are taking a certain medicine
- What are the effects of your medicines?
- How to use your medicines
- Know the side effects of your medicines.
Medicines come in many forms, from tablets to creams or gels, and can be obtained by prescription or what we call ‘over the counter’ from the chemist, supermarket or health food shop.
Because medicines are available through many different avenues it is important to attain reliable and independent information about your medicines. Working in partnership with your healthcare team is also a vital step to increase the health benefits from your medicines.
It is also important to talk with your doctor about any “alternative” or complementary medicines you are taking. Sometimes these medicines can interact with prescription or “over the counter” medicines. Make sure you talk to your doctor about ALL the medicines and therapies you are using.
Or visit the National Prescribing Service (NPS) website or call the NPS medicine helpline on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424), Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm AEST.