Linda: Forgetting and remembering to take medicines – New medicines and established medicines

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

Age at interview: 53
Number of medicines: 5
Cultural background: British

Linda struggles to remember to take her regular medicines as it is. Irregular events, like holidays, will completely disrupt her established routine.

Always forget. I try and put medications in my purse, because when I dip in and out of my purse it reminds me: doesn't work! I do remember, but not regularly and it will disrupt it completely. If I don't have that routine, it's gone. It's completely gone. So, I've always had a trouble with antibiotics. I'm one of the worst offenders. I don't think I've ever completed a course of antibiotics, so it's my fault that there's superbugs! It's partly my fault. And taking, when I took the contraceptive pill, I always had problems, I was always missing them. Then, when I was on the hormone replacement therapy, the tablets, I used to miss those. Ended up sometimes taking them every other day, it was that bad.

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