Phoebe: Adjusting to multiple medicines – Adapting to loss of freedom, independence and capacity

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

Age at interview: 73
Number of medicines: 19
Cultural background: Anglo-Australian/British

Phoebe drives less now that she takes four tablets that may affect driving.


Oh, it says on the top, ‘May affect mental alertness. Beware of driving.’ Um … I don't think so, but I don't drive on freeways because I'm on about four of these things that tell you that same message.


So, you just drive back streets and …


Yeah. Locally. Yes. It's a bit awkward, because my husband's getting older and so, for instance, we're catching a train to a party up at [location], which doesn't please him, but when you're older, you get a free pass, so I thought, ‘Right, we'll use it!’

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