Medicines questions you can ask

When you're in hospital, the doctors might make some changes to your usual medicines. They might change the amount that you take (the dose) or you might start taking new medicines.

If changes are made, you are likely to have some questions about your medicines. You might have questions about your medicines, even if the doctors do not make any changes.

Most members of the team looking after you can answer your questions. If you want to speak to your pharmacist, please tell your nurse. 

You might find it helpful to look through the list of questions before the pharmacist’s next visit, and write down any more you have.

Tell your pharmacist if you'd like to have a family member with you when you speak to them.

What your medicines do

  • What is the medicine for?
  • What does the medicine do?
  • How does the medicine work?
  • How long does it take for the medicine to start working?
  • How can I tell if the medicine is not working?

Taking your medicines

  • How often should I take the medicine?
  • Do I have to take the medicine with food?
  • How long do I need to take the medicine?
  • What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
  • How do I get more of the medicine?

Side effects of your medicine

  • Does the medicine have any side effects?
  • What are the risks of the side effects?
  • What should I do if I get any side effects?

How your medicine affects everyday life

  • Can I drink alcohol while taking the medicine?
  • Is my new medicine safe to use with other medicines or supplements that I take?
  • Will the medicine make me feel sleepy?
  • Will the medicine affect my sex life?

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Contact us

If you have questions or concerns about your medicines after you leave hospital, call our pharmacy medicines helpline.

Phone: 020 7188 8748 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Email: gst[email protected] We aim to respond to emails within 2 working days.

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