Be Able to Support the Use of Medication

Legislation that governs the use of medication in social-care settings are :
  * The Medicines Act 1968
  * The Misuse Of Drugs Regulations 1973
  * Health And Safety At Work Act 1974
  * The Controlled Drugs Regulations 2013

The legal classification system for medication are all mostly related to the medicines act 1968. While you are working with medication it is good to have an understanding of knowledge and working knowledge of the common types of medication as you will be most likely handling them.

Policies and procedures or agreed ways of working must reflect and incorporate legislative requirements because they are put into place to make sure that legislation is being followed so that all people in the care setting are safe and that all needs are being met. They must reflect on legislation so that the policies are correct and the correct way of doing things.  

The most common types of medication are:
  * Painkillers such as, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Co-Codamol
  * Antibiotics
  * Lactose syrup
  * Aspirin

Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or Co-Codamol maybe prescribed for continuous pains such as back pain, legs aching, stomach pains, headaches

Anit-biotics maybe prescribed for U.T.I’s or throat infections, ear infections

Lactose syrup maybe prescribed if an individual is finding it hard to pass a bowel movement and this is used to make it easier for them.

Aspirin can be prescribed and used to treat an array of different health conditions. It is a very versatile medication, which can commonly known to be used as a analgesic but it can also be used to treat menstrual pain, angina, migraines and to prevent clotting.

Changes to an individual’s physical or mental wellbeing that may indicate an adverse reaction to a medication can be very minor but can also be very serious. For example, some can cause deaths, hospitalisation, or even serious injury. The less drastic reactions are mood...