Medicines can help you feel better, but they may also cause unwanted side effects.
You might put these symptoms down to getting older, or maybe you’re worried that one of your conditions is worsening. However, it is possible that the medicines you are taking might be causing certain symptoms.
Some medicines have what are known as anticholinergic (an-tee-koh-li-nur-jik) or sedative effects. These can cause symptoms such as falls, confusion, forgetfulness, or feeling unsteady.
More information and support
Where can I find support for a specific condition?
- Chronic pain explained
- Opioid medicines and chronic non-cancer pain
- Pregabalin for nerve pain
- Amitriptyline for nerve pain
Where can I find more information and support?
What medicine am I taking?
- Healthdirect Medication safety for older people
Could my medicines be causing my symptoms?
- Veterans’MATES Thinking clearly about your medicines: managing side effects
Why am I taking this medicine?
- Wiser Healthcare What is polypharmacy?
- Injury Matters Check your medicines with Nancy: check your medicines to prevent having a fall (Video)
What are my goals of care?
- Better Health Channel Healthcare decision-making – options, benefits and risks
- Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) Medication: it’s your choice
- Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Shared decision making: an overview (Video)
What can I do about my side effects?
- Primary Health Tasmania Rethinking your medications for better health outcomes
Are there other ways to manage my condition?
- Veterans’MATES Staying healthy at home
- Mind, the mental health charity What is CBT? Making sense of cognitive behavioural therapy (Video)
Online information session
Online information session for carers and families focusing on increasing awareness of medicines with anticholinergic effects.
How can I access information and ask the right questions to get the most out of medicines?
5 most important questions to ask your doctor: Choosing Wisely Australia
The MedicineWise app can:
- keep track of your medicines and remind you when your medicine doses and appointments are due
- store your information such as your health conditions and allergies
- allow you to share your health information with your health professionals and people who may be caring for you
- provide you with trusted, relevant and up-to-date information relating to your medicines and health conditions.