How long do I need to keep taking my medicines?
What should I do if I experience side effects?
All medicines have side effects. But many people don’t feel the side effects, or they don’t interfere with daily life.
Side effects may go away after you take the medicine for a while.
If side effects continue to bother you, call your GP. He or she may be able to lower your dose, or change your medicine. Do not stop taking your medicine suddenly, unless your doctor tells you to.
What if I have an urgent problem with my medicines?
- If you have taken too much of any medicine
- If you have an allergic reaction to a new medicine
(such as wheezing, rash, swelling or fainting)
- If you notice a serious side effect or any unusual
- If you notice your health getting worse.
In any of these cases, talk to a doctor or pharmacist straight away.
What if I have difficulty swallowing my tablets?
Ask your GP or pharmacist about what is available.
It is not easy to use my medicines since my stroke, what are the options?
- How long do I need to keep taking my medicines? – Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) 108, patient booklet [.pdf]
- What should I do if I experience side effects? – e medicine health – Dealing With Medicine Side Effects and Interactions
- What if I have an urgent problem with my medicines? – Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – NHS – Medicines use review: Understand your medicines [.pdf]
- Multimodal Secondary Prevention Behavioral Interventions for TIA and Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (2015) [.pdf, 3 MB] Lawrence M, Pringle J, Kerr S, Booth J, Govan L, et al. (2015) Multimodal Secondary Prevention Behavioral Interventions for TIA and Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0120902