Suzanne: Problems with multiple medicines (II) – Allergies and intolerances to medicines

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

Age at interview: 76
Number of medicines: 6
Cultural background: British (Caucasian)

Suzanne cannot take slow-release or coated medicines because she has a stoma. She is careful to remind her doctors of this when they are prescribing a new medicine.


What I do talk about with my doctor is that I, having a stoma, I can't take medication that's coated. And I can't take fast … slow-release medication. So, I have a card that states that. It's called an ‘Ileo-Alert’.


Has that had an impact on the medicines that you've been prescribed?


No, because I let them know first when we're talking about medication. I say, ‘Don't forget, I cannot take slow=release and I cannot take coated medication.’

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