Linda: Problems with multiple medicines (I) – Side effects (1)

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

Linda stopped one medicine as soon as she noticed a particularly distressing side effect.

I noticed that my saliva was turning yellow and, of course, yellow saliva ... [laughs] ... not very nice. Looks like, you know, snake venom or association with witches and stuff, which wasn’t, me in my position as a manager of individuals, that would have been a real kind of ... ’Have you seen what, she's spitting venom!’ So, I didn't last very long on that, but the consultant was kind of concerned that it turned my saliva yellow because he said that wasn't something that ordinarily happened. I must admit, I only noticed it the once and stopped instantly.

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