Medicines & Falling
Medicines can sometimes increase the chance of you falling. The more medicines you take, the greater the risk that you will fall.
If you have fallen, and take medicines regularly, you may be offered a Medication Review from the Community Falls Prevention Programme Team when they come to visit you at home.
If you think your medicines are causing you to fall, it is important that you do not stop taking any medicines until you have spoken to your own doctor.
Osteoporosis & Bones
As you get older, there is a greater risk of you developing Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis means “thinning of the bones”. This means that you are more likely to break a bone if you fall. As part of your Medication Review we will check to see if you might have Osteoporosis.
In Glasgow and Clyde, we have a small team of specialist pharmacists who are part of the Community Falls Prevention Programme. They can review your medicines and make sure they are not making you fall.
These pharmacists work closely with your own General Practitioner (GP) and community pharmacies (local chemist) to make sure that you are getting the best out of your medicines.
Before speaking to you (usually in your own home), and with your permission, the pharmacist will go to your doctor’s surgery and review your case notes. This allows them to get some background on your medical conditions and the medicines you are taking.
The next step is to talk to you to make sure that the medicines you are taking are the right ones for you, and to suggest any changes that might help you.
As well as looking for medicines that may be putting you at risk of falling, they will make sure you are getting the best treatments possible (including medicines to strengthen your bones if needed).
Once you have agreed any suggestions with the pharmacist, they will then contact your own General Practitioner (GP) and make these recommendations.
Once your General Practitioner (GP) has replied to any suggestions, the pharmacist will usually contact you again (often by letter), to let you know about any changes to your medicines. They will also contact your own community pharmacy (local chemist) to tell them.
The pharmacist can also refer you onto other health care services if needed, and can ask your own community pharmacy to give you ongoing support and advice.
Please note that nothing will change until your own doctor agrees to it.
The Benefits of Medication Review
A review can help to make sure that:
• All your current medicines are working properly
• They are appropriate for you
• You have the chance to ask any questions you may have about your medicines.
The specialist pharmacists can provide you with information about the Falls Clinics within Glasgow & Clyde.
The Pharmacists try to see you before you go to the Falls Clinic, so that your medicines are all sorted by the time you get there. The Pharmacists send the information about changes to your medicine to the Consultant at the clinic so that they know what has already been done.
That way, we can all work together for your benefit.
The Pharmacy Team
The Pharmacy Team:
Based at Pharmacy Prescribing Support Unit (PPSU), Queens Park House, Victoria Infirmary, Langside Road, Glasgow, G42 9TT
Tel: 0141 201 5313
Fax: 0141 201 5314