Step 2: Identify essential drug therapy

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Process

Identify essential drugs (not to be stopped without specialist advice)

  • Drugs that have essential replacement functions (e.g. levothyroxine)
  • Drugs to prevent rapid symptomatic decline (e.g. drugs for Parkinson’s disease, heart failure)
Description
  • Separate the list of medicines which the patient is taking
  • Ensure patient understand the importance of essential drug therapy
  • All medication whether herbal, prescribed or traditional remedies should be included
Drug Info
Discuss with expert before stopping
Discuss with expert before altering
  • Anti-epileptics
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Mood stabilisers
  • DMARDs
  • Amiodarone
  • Antidiabetics
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Insulin