Your doctor,nurse or other health professional will work in partnership with you to help you to understand your medicines (what they do, how to use them) so that you can make decisions about your treatment. This may mean choosing a different medicine or treatment if it suits you better.
If you have any problems with your medicines, they will help you to find solutions that you find acceptable and they will discuss with you your experiences of taking or not taking medicines.
You may also be asked annuallly to have some tests to make sure that your medication is working as it should and that the medication you are taking is safe. This can involve making an appointment for a blood pressure check or a blood test. It may also help to find out more about the condition that you have and if there is anything that you can do to help stay well.
NHS Choices has patient information about a range of illnesses and conditions as well as help for people wanting to stay healthy.http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx
Local community pharmacists are also available for advice and treatment. Pharmacists provide free expert advice about medicines and information about a wide variety of health issues. Every medicine should come with an information leaflet. It often contains a lot of information, but may answer specific questions that you have. If you have a question about a specific medicine the pharmaceutical company may have an information service that you can contact.The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has a website for members of the public with resources that can help you make the most of your medicines.http://www.rpharms.com/health-campaigns/getting-the-most-out-of-your-medicines.asp
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has information to enable and support you to make decisions about your prescribed medicines.http://www.nice.org.uk/The NHS Constitution describes your rights and your responsibilities when using the National Health Service.http://www.nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
Adapted from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society factsheet: making the most of your medicines http://www.rpharms.com/promoting-pharmacy-pdfs/patients---making-the-most-of-medicines.pdf