Lyn: Starting and changing medicines – Reducing the number of medicines taken

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

Age at interview: 67
Number of medicines: 1
Cultural background: British-Australian

Lyn reduces her medicines where she can because she is concerned about becoming dependent on them. She has found that there are some medicines she cannot do without.

I had spinal surgery, I was postoperative, I'd had a massive infection in my spine and I was in a lot of pain. So, that was the medication that my neurologist … neurosurgeon said was going to work best for me and, in conjunction with her help, after a couple of months of being home and moving around a bit more and being less in pain, I was able to reduce the dosage of that systematically by just, you know, dropping down the dosage, say every week or so, because I was told that they are addictive and I didn't want to be on them long term … I mean there are some times when I look at it all and think, ‘If I just stop taking everything, would I be better?’ But I know that I can't. I've tried a couple of times to drop some of the medications and I've had to go back to using them again.

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