People who have regular prescriptions are being urged to take a fresh look at their medicine.
In a bid to ensure everyone gets the best possible health care, a new campaign has been launched to raise awareness.
‘Let’s Talk Medicines’ encourages people on repeat prescriptions to look again at the medicines they take and speak to their pharmacist or GP if they have any questions.
Gail Caldwell, NHS Forth Valley’s director of pharmacy, said: “Many people may have been taking the same repeat prescription for a while and may be unsure how effective it is or even if the medicines are still required.
“We know many patients, especially those who are taking several different medicines, may be unsure why each medicine has been prescribed or how often they should be taking it. Others may experience side effects that they are worried about or have stopped taking certain medicines as they no longer think they need them but have never mentioned this to their pharmacist or GP.”
Paula Harvey is a pharmacist from Polmont who works in the Tesco Stirling pharmacy and features in the campaign.
She said: “Many people will ask their local pharmacist for advice about medicines bought over the counter like common treatments for colds and flu. However, they often don’t realise that they can also talk to their pharmacist about any prescription medication they are taking.
“Carers who pick up prescriptions for a member of their family can also get advice from their pharmacist.”
She added this was particularly important for older patients who may be taking several medicines and often get confused about what they should be taking when.