2. What does this medicine do?

What the medicine does, and how to get the best effect from it dependents to a large extend on how carefully the doctor and pharmacist’s instructions are followed.

Non-compliance is a very serious problem and often makes the patient’s health unnecessarily worse, it is also wasteful of medicine and health resources.

It is important to know what condition the medicine is treating, the risks and benefits of the treatment and to appreciate that medicines can have unwanted effects (side effects) that in rare cases can be very serious or even life-threatening

Some medicines taken to treat long standing health problems such as blood pressure and epilepsy give no obvious indication that they are working. It is important to understand this so that the medicine is not stopped because the patient is feeling well.

Medicines generally are developed treat a particular conditions such as insulin for diabetes or antibiotics for infections. However some medicines have been found useful in treating conditions other than their main use. For example some antidepressants can be useful in treating peripheral nerve pain. Med+info leaflets always tell the main use of a medicine, and if there are other recognised uses these will be listed also.

More information: med+info leaflets section 2 “How this medicine helps you”

If you have any concerns about your medicine or treatment, talk to your pharmacist and or doctor, they are there to help you.