Administer Medication to Individuals and Monitor the Effects

Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects

There is a medication policy/ handbook in my setting that   covers the individual   needs of administering, storing, recording and disposal of medication.
Legislation: The Medicines Act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations, The Health and Safety at Work Act, The Misuse of Drugs Act, The Misuse of Drugs Regulations, Health and Social Care Act, Essential Standards, Data Protection   Act and Hazardous Waste Regulations.

Type Side effects Potential side effects
Pain killers
i.e ibuprofen
(taking pain killers for a long period of time can cause any of these side effects and is best to take the lowest dose possible. Nausea/vomiting, diarrhoea/indigestion and abdominal pain. Headache, dizziness,bloating, raised blood pressure, stomach ulcers, allergic reactions, asthma, kidney failure and black stool.
i.e amoxicillin.
(used to treat infections caused by bacteria) Diarrhoea, sickness and fungal infections.   Kidney problems, blood disorders, sensitivity to sun and deafness.
i.e cipramil.
(work by changing chemical balance in brain that changes state of mind) Can become very addictive. Blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, increased/decreased appetite, nausea, restlessness, shaking, hard to sleep, dry mouth,constipation, sweating.

Certain medications have to have checks made before and after administering medication.   Insulin: before insulin can be administered blood glucose levels must be tested to ensure the are of a safe level to then   inject.   This then has to be redone sometime after food, each meal will need a different measurement of insulin, i.e the biggest meal of the day has the largest amount of insulin injected.   A pulse must be taken before medication for heart irregularities is given, i.e Digoxin Warfarin (to thin blood) blood levels must be checked regularly when this medication is being taken.