Practical Advice about Medicines
Each time you have a new medicine, we do not know how well it is going to work for you. We also do not know whether you will have side effects.
By law, before a medicine can be prescribed by a doctor it must be given a product licence (or ‘marketing authorisation’) by a regulator. In the UK, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the regulator.
For most medicines that are used for mental health problems, you could get very serious symptoms if you take more than it said on your medicine label.
When you stop taking a medicine, or it goes out-of-date, you can take them back to the nearest pharmacy and ask them to throw your medicines away for you.
This page should help you to understand the difference between being addicted to a drug, and taking a medication that isn’t addictive, but shouldn’t be stopped suddenly.