Don: Problems with multiple medicines (II) – Minor problems or no problems at all

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Age at interview: 70
Number of medicines: 5
Cultural background: Anglo-Australian

Aside from occasionally forgetting to take his medicines, Don has no problems taking his medicines.

So, they're the five and really, Jacqueline, there's no problem in terms of taking them. They're really, they’re painless. It's a matter of remembering and I've been finding, over the last six or twelve months, I have more tendency ... I don't forget the morning one. That's a ritual when you get up and have breakfast and have them with your breakfast. But the evening ones, which is the Lercanidipine and the other half of the Tegretol, the occasional forget … That's with breakfast. Easy! As I say, there is no drama and no problems swallowing them, or I haven't yet. And at night, again, I just have them after the evening meal, just with a glass of water or a cup of tea or whatever. So, there really…for me, taking them is no ordeal and is pretty quick as [inaudible] to skip the capsules out and pop them down and that's it. So, for me, I'm not aware ... for some people that maybe take medicines, it's a drama. For me, I was going to say nonchalant about it, but really it's no difficulty at all.

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The Living with multiple medicines project was developed in collaboration with Healthtalk Australia.