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Be Medicinewise Week 19-25 August - Get to know the language of medicines

Wednesday 21st August, 2019

The ninth annual Be Medicinewise Week is encouraging Australians to get to know the language of medicines. Understanding and communicating about medicines is key to getting the most out of them, safely.

Do you know the language of medicines?

Medicines are part of most people’s lives, and having access to and understanding important information, and asking the right questions about medicines is the key to getting the most out of them, safely. This is why it is so important to get to know the language of medicines.

How can you learn the language of medicines?

1. Know all the medicines you take and why you take them. Keeping an up-to-date medicines list is a great way to keep track of your medicines.
2. Understand the instructions for taking your medicines. Medicines only work if you are taking them properly, and you can only take them properly if you understand the instructions.
3. Check with your health professional before starting any new medicine. A health professional can help you balance the benefits of a medicine with any potential risks.
4. Ask questions if there is anything you don’t understand about your medicines. Seeking information from a trusted source can help you get the most out of your medicines, safely.

Read more information on the NPS Medicinewise website.