You may not remember the name of your medicine, so it may be useful to write it down. You may want to write the name in a way that helps you remember, such as how it sounds to say it. For example, paracetamol can be written as pa-ra-see-ta-mol.
Many medicines have at least two different names:
- the brand name – this is created by the pharmaceutical company that made the medicine
- the generic name – this is the name of the active ingredient in the medicine.
For example, paracetamol is the generic name but different companies market paracetamol as Panadol®, Paracare®, Parafast® or Paracetamol (Ethics)®. You only have to know one name like paracetamol.
VIDEO: Understanding your medicines
In this video, Healthify He Puna Waiora consumer representative and cultural advisor Merle Samuels shares tips for managing your medicines. (This might take a moment to load).