Jan: Travelling with multiple medicines – Maintaining medicines routines

Listen to patients and health professionals speak about their experience with taking multiple medicines.

Age at interview: Undisclosed
Number of medicines: 15
Cultural background: Anglo-Australian

Jan needs to time her eye-drops carefully when she is out and about, as they reduce her vision temporarily. Reduced vision could be a problem with different types of eye-drops.

I use the Polygel sometimes when the eyes get extra dry. I don't use that daily, but the difficulty with both of them is that for some … maybe 15 minutes sometimes, after you take them, you can't see properly. So, you've got to be careful of your timing, in terms of taking them, because if you're about to get off a train or do something where you need to have your vision working effectively, you can't take them just prior to that. You've got to make sure that you've got a quiet time where you don't need to use your eyes critically for 15 minutes or so.

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