4222-616 Administer Medication

  * The Medicines Act 1968
This acts governs the control of medicines for humans and veterinary use which includes the manufacture and supply
  * The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
This act creates the classes of controlled substances (A,B and C) and ranges of penalties for illegal and unlicensed possession
  * Health and Social Care Act 2008/2012 (CQC)
This act is designed for the individuals who sue the services, ensuring they receive the care, treatment and support they need
  * Somerset Care
Somerset care have a handbook available covering the policies and procedure in place for administering, storing, recording and disposing of medication.


Common Medicine | Effect | Side Effect |
Paracetamol | Relieves pains and achesE.g Headaches and tooth aches | Extremely addictive. Rash and swelling whilst taking it. Liver and kidney damage and even fatal in cases. |
Warfarin | Prevents blood clotting | Pass blood in urine or faeces, Nose bleeds   and bleeding gums, heavier periods, cough up blood, bruising, rashes and hair loss. |
Amoxicillin | Treats infections | Raised, itchy rash, coughing, wheezing, tightness of the throat, sickness and diarrhoea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, drop in blood pressure, rapid heartbeat |
Antidepressants | Changes the chemical balance in the brain | Addictive, loss of appetite, sickness and diarrhoea, headaches, low sex drive, tired, blurring of vision, weight gain, dizziness, sweating, stomach aches, feeling agitated, shaky or anxious |

2.2 Blood pressure is a physiological measurement which needs specific measurement to prescribe anti hypertensives. This is a drug which is used to lower blood pressure. Blood sugar levels must also be checked before giving insulin. For an inhaler, the doctor will need to check the peak flow by blowing into a tube.

2.3 Having a reaction to a medication can occur at any time. It is important to keep a close eye when prompting and administering medication. If the...