What is Polypharmacy?
Polypharmacy simply means lots of medicines.
Why is taking lots of different medicines a problem?
When you take many different medicines there can be an increased risk of harm from interactions between the drugs. These risks could outweigh the benefits so it’s important to regularly review what you are taking, and why.
What are the benefits of a medicines review?
A medicines review is a meeting to talk about all of your medicines with an expert such as a pharmacist, doctor or nurse. As part of the iSIMPATHY project, medicines reviews are carried out by one of our specialist pharmacists. These pharmacists will work with your wider health care team to help you to get the most from your medicines.
Why do I need a medicines review?
The aim of a medicines review is to ensure that your medicines are helping you with What Matters to You in your life.
When you are first prescribed a medicine it is usually the best one for you, however, things change:
- You might have developed a side effect
- Your health may have changed, such as developing a long term condition or a change in a long term condition you already have
Any of these reasons, as well as others can mean the medicine might not be right for you anymore.