Medicines and You
We are no longer able to offer our free information sessions on this topic.
Independent, not-for-profit and evidence based, NPS enables better decisions about medicines and medical tests. NPS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. NPS produces free resources to help you with your medicines, including:
The Medicines List is a handy tool you can use to record the medicines you take. Keep your medicines list up-to-date and bring it wth you when you visit the doctor. Some of the most important things you need to know – what your medicine is for, how much to use and when to use it – are on the medicines list.
Medicines Line – 1300 633 424
NPS collaborates with healthdirect Australia to deliver Medicines Line, a telephone service providing consumers with information on prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines.
Call Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local phone call (calls from mobiles may cost more). This service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm EST (excluding NSW public holidays).
How well do you sleep? Take the quiz* on the NPS website to learn about the quality of your sleep. You can use the results from the sleep quiz to discuss any concerns with your doctor.
Visit www.nps.org.au/sleep for some useful tips to help you get to sleep – and stay asleep.
Written by consumers for consumers, MedicinesTalk is a free quarterly newsletter that gives your reliable, accurate information and useful hints on managing your medicines.
Why are we offered a choice of medicine?
Knowing why you may be offered a choice of medicines is an important part of being medicinewise. NPS has developed a brochure which aims to increase consumer confidence when making choices between brands of medicines and in identifying the active ingredient in their medicines.
Why does it matter which pain reliever I choose?
There can be risks in taking over-the-counter pain relievers when they are not taken as directed, interact with another medicine or are used by people who have certain health conditions.
NPS has developed the Be MedicineWise flyer to remind you of the things you can do to learn about, discuss and manage your health and medicines. Order this resource.
Managing chronic pain
NPS and Arthritis NSW have developed a booklet to help you manage your arthritis pain, in consultation with your doctor and other health professionals. The booklet includes a pain diary to help you track your levels of pain. An information brochure about arthritis pain is also available in traditional Chinese script.
You can access all NPS resources on the website: www.nps.org.au/consumers © 2010,1989, University of Pittsburgh. All rights reserved. Developed by Buysse,D.J., Reynolds,C.F., Monk,T.H., Berman,S.R., and Kupfer,D.J. of the University of Pittsburgh using National Institute of Mental Health Funding.