Tuesday 23 January 2018

Why we don't take our medication

Fear of side effects is the main reason people don't take their medicine.
Fear of side effects is the main reason people don't take their medicine.

One in 12 people admit they have skipped taking their medication in order to have an alcoholic drink.

The biggest reason why people deliberately avoid taking their tablets is fear of side effects.

And two in three confess to having forgotten to take their medication.

The findings have emerged in a survey by Lloyds Pharmacy, with one in two saying they don't always feel in control of their health. And 11pc said they never feel in control.

* 15pc do not fully understand what each of their medicines is for.

*l Being busy is one of the most common reasons for forgetting.

* One in five say they have deliberately not taken their medication.

The majority of those who said they don't always feel in control of their health were those in the 56-64 age bracket (67pc), followed by people aged 26-40.

Other reasons cited for deliberately skipping medication included:

* felt the medicine doesn't work;

* medicine was too costly;

* sick of taking tablets;

* worried about becoming too dependent on medication.

Justin Moran of Age Action commented: "We're not surprised by the survey's finding that so many do not feel in control of their health.

"Many older people have a sense that they are not being listened to and do not have enough control over how they are treated and the medications prescribed to them. Cost can be a real problem.

"The prescription charge has increased 500pc."

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