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iPhone app helps the medicine go down

27 January 2012 - 5:35pm

A leading health body has released an update to its iPhone app, making it easier to remember when to take your medication.

The Medicines List iPhone app - developed by the National Prescribing Service (NPS) - now allows users to set an alarm prompting them to take the correct dose at the appropriate point in the day.

The technology also allows users to record whether they took their medicine on time - and if not, provide a reason why it did not happen.

According to NPS clinical adviser Dr Danielle Stowasser, the app can provide essential information to health care professionals upon a patient's next visit.

"All medicines have benefits and risks, and recording information about any possible side effects of your medicine, and whether you are taking your medicine as prescribed, can help your doctor work with you to find the right balance for you," she said at the app launch (December 5).

"For example, you may have missed a dose or several doses because you were nauseous, and by making use of the Medicines List app and recording each time this occurs, your doctor may adjust your medicine or help suggest ways for you to avoid the side effect."