Medication

Information about your medicines

A very useful website for finding out more about your medicines is
http://www.choiceandmedication.org.uk/hertfordshire/
Service users and carers can only access this site from this page as the Trust pays a subscription for access.  The site is constantly being updated.

Our Medicines Formulary can also be viewed here.

Useful leaflets about your medicines

  •  To download one of the medicines information leaflets, click on the choice and medication link 
  •  Select medication listed by name 
  •  Select the name of the drug that you want a leaflet for
  • Click on Handy PILL
  • You will then see an the UKPPG patient advice leaflet
  • You can then read or print off the leaflet

Would you like other information about medicines
The www.choiceandmedication.org.uk/hertfordshire website has a lot of information about medicines for example: 

The choice and medication website has sections on mental health conditions:

1. Anxiety
2. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
3. Bipolar depression
4. Bipolar mood disorder
5. Dementia and Alzheimer's disease
6. Depression
7. Eating disorders
8. Epilepsy
9. Insomnia
10. Mania or hypomania
11. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
12. Panic disorder
13. Post traumatic stress disorder
14. Psychosis
15. Schizophrenia
16. Seasonal Affective Disorder
17. Social anxiety

Each condition has 11 questions: For example

  • What is depression?
  • What are the main symptoms of depression?
  • What are the alternatives to treat depression?
  • What are the main medications for depression?
  • Is there an easy way to compare all the main medications for depression
  • I am worried about taking medicines for depression. Are talking therapies better?
  • If the medication is working for depression, how long will I need to keep taking it?
  • If the medication is not working for depression, how long will it be before a change is considered?
  • How many medicines should I be taking for my symptoms of depression?
  • Are there any guidelines I can look at for the treatment of depression?
  •  Where can I find out more about depression?

Each of the 120 medicines has 20 questions and answers:

  • What is (drug name) used for?
  • How does it work?
  • How should I take it?
  • When should I take it?
  • How long will it take to work?
  • How long will I need to keep taking it for?
  • Is it addictive?
  • Can I stop taking it suddenly?
  • What should I do if I forget to take a dose of it?
  • What sort of side-effects might occur if I am taking it?
  • Will it make me drowsy?
  • Will it cause me to put on weight?
  • Will it affect my sex life?
  • Can I drink alcohol while I am taking it?
  • Are there any foods or drinks that I should avoid whilst taking it?
  • Will it affect my other medication?
  • What if I want to start a family or discover I'm pregnant whilst taking it?
  • Will I need a blood test if i am taking it?
  • Can I drive while I am taking it?