Micaela: Organising and storing medicines – Storing medicines using dose aids

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

Age at interview: 38
Number of medicines: 21
Cultural background: Anglo-Australian

Micaela acknowledges that a dose aid would probably be useful, but she is reluctant to start using one as she feels she is too young.

Well, I think biting the bullet and asking the chemist to actually pre-package them all for me, you know, a month's worth at a time, because then I don't have to think about it and then I just have those very nice little pouches that I take. I know, it's a very easy thing, but again it comes back to what I was saying before. There are certain stages that you want to go through in your life and you don't want to prematurely feel that you're an old person. As I said before, I shouldn't feel any shame in that or anything, but something says, ‘Oh, I'm still too young to ask the chemist to do that for me.’ You know? But I could fix it very simply and actually talking it through, I'm seriously thinking that it's going to happen in the next couple of weeks. [laughs]

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