Everyone with diabetes will need different types and doses of medicine according to individual needs.
It is likely that your medicines and their dose will change over time. Such changes may be in response to a life event, such as pregnancy or surgery. You may also find your medicines are changed if you develop another condition or if your diabetes worsens.
Also, as you get older, you are likely to find that additional medicines are needed to manage your diabetes. Therefore it is important that you take the time to review your medicines with one of your healthcare team to make sure your medicines are still working for you.
When should I have this review?
It is recommended that you do this at least every year. However, if you have concerns or questions about your medicine, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.
What is involved?
You can speak to your doctor or pharmacist about your medicine at any time. However, there are two more formal options available to you.
People living with diabetes may be eligible for a Diabetes MedsCheck. This involves a private, face-to-face conversation with a pharmacist about your medicines and blood glucose management. It is fully funded by the Australian Government and would typically take place at a pharmacy.
Your pharmacist can provide information and advice on any of your medicines, including how to take them correctly, possible side effects and medicine interactions, plus ways to manage your medicines.
Your pharmacist can also help to create a list of all your medicines and make sure it is up to date when you change medicines or doses.
Home Medicines Review
Your doctor can also arrange for you to have a Home Medicines Review, where a specially trained pharmacist known as an accredited pharmacist will visit you on your home to discuss your medicines. After the review, your pharmacist will send a detailed report to your GP.
The review is likely to cover:
- showing you how to take your medicines correctly
- explaining why and when to take them
- explaining where they should be stored
- what to expect when taking them
- what problems you should report to the GP
- checking that prescription medicines and any over-the-counter medicines or vitamins are appropriate to take together
- clarifying any confusion with generic medicines
- giving you some help so you can remember to take your medicines
- recommend medication changes to your GP.