Medicines prescribed by health professionals can have a very positive effect and help us to manage our conditions and keep well.

It is important that you regularly have your medicines checked by a pharmacist or your GP. Sometimes when we have appointments with different hospital departments we are prescribed medication that either we don’t need or that act against each other.

Sometimes side effects of medications can have an adverse effect and make us not want to eat. Sometimes a dry mouth or a metallic taste can stop us wanting to eat.  It can be helpful to suck a boiled fruit, or some tangy dried fruit such as cherries, cranberries or mango.  Sweet tastes can help to stimulate taste buds and moisten the mouth.

If you find that you are taking lots of different medications every day, or if you think you are getting a lot of side effects, ask your pharmacist to do a medicines check.