A recent article from Net Doctor has food for thought for those of us on long term medication. Please don’t take initiatives with your medication – talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist first! :
Patients are putting themselves at risk of serious harm by believing it is beneficial to occasionally stop taking long-term medicines in order to given their body a ‘detox’, experts have warned.
Research by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) suggests that one in five people believe a so-called ‘medicines detox’ is beneficial.
The survey also revealed that nearly one in three people believe it is safe to take non-prescription medicines that have been recommended for other people.
And some wrongly assume it is okay for a child to take an adult’s medication, as long as the dosage is reduced.
NPA head of information Leyla Hannbeck said: ‘There is a lot of misunderstanding about how medicines work in your body.
‘It’s important to get the right treatment and the right advice – which you can get from your local pharmacy, often without an appointment.’
Pharmacies provide a wealth of services in addition to dispensing medicines.
These include the disposal of unwanted medicines, promotion of healthy lifestyles and support for self-care.
Pharmacists can also provide personalised advice on medicines, smoking cessation support and guidance on sexual health.