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Using Your Medication Safely

Medication Dos and Don'ts
These 10 medication dos and don'ts can help you make sure that your medication works safely to improve your health.

Five medication dos:

  • DO take each medication exactly as it has been prescribed.
  • DO make sure that all your doctors know about all your medications.
  • DO let your doctors know about any other over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, supplements, and herbs that you use.
  • DO try to use the same chemist to fill all your prescriptions so that they can help you keep track of everything you're taking.
  • DO keep medications out of the reach of children.

Five medication don'ts:

  • DON'T change your medication dose or schedule without talking with your doctor.
  • DON'T use medication prescribed for someone else.
  • DON'T crush or break pills unless your doctor instructs you to do so.
  • DON'T use medication that has passed its expiration date.
  • DON'T store your medications in locations that are either too hot or too cold. For example, the bathroom cabinet may not be the best place for your medication.

For more information visit the WebMD site.

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Cardiovascular medicines
Recently a decision was made to change three funded brands of cardiovascular medicines. The first of these changes will start from 1 April 2015 when the new brand of carvedilol will be listed, folled by ezetimibe and ezetimible with simvastatin from 1 June 2015. For more information here is a very useful factsheet.

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All about the 2017 Influenza Season

More than 1.2 million New Zealanders have their influenza vaccination each year. Getting vaccinated each year as early as possible before winter hits gives the best protection.

  • Older people and those with certain medical conditions are more likely to have medical complications from influenza.
  • A FREE influenza vaccination reduces these risks
  • Influenza is a serious illness that can put anyone in hospital or even kill them, including young and healthy people
  • Influenza vaccination is safe, effective and cannot give you “the flu”

You can download the Flu Kit Book and watch Dr Nikki Turner talk about the influenza vaccine and find out more information and links to posters and brochure on their website

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Websites of Interest

  • Medsafe is the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority. It is a business unit of the Ministry of Health and is the authority responsible for the regulation of therapeutic products in New Zealand. Medsafe is responsible for administering the Medicines Act 1981 and Regulations 1984, and parts of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and Regulations 1977. Their website holds information on medicines, data sheets, consumer medicine information, and discussion on 'hot topics'.
  • PHARMAC, is the Pharmaceutical Management Agency of New Zealand. Their website contains information on what Pharmac is, what they do and how they use the available funding to obtain the best value medicines for New Zealanders
  • MEDLINEplus, an American website, contains health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. It has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 650 diseases and conditions. There are is a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
  • Drugwatch is an American website that highlights drugs and medical devices that may have some adverse effects on older people.

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