High-Risk Medicines

Information for Patients

Anticoagulant Medicines

Anticoagulants are medicines that help to stop a blood clot from forming. The Clinical Excellence Commission has developed information for patients, families and carer documents for three different types of anticoagulant medicines, called apixaban, dabigatran, and rivaroxaban. They have been translated into six languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Greek, Korean and Vietnamese.

These documents have been developed as a counselling aid when health care professionals speak to patients who are receiving anticoagulant therapy, and should be printed in colour. If you are taking one of these medicines and have any questions, please ask your doctor.

Opioid medicines

Opioid medicines help to reduce strong pain. The Clinical Excellence Commission has developed information for patients, families and carers on managing side effects of opioid medicines in hospital.

This document has been developed to assist health care professionals educate patients in hospital, their families and carers, on the side-effects of opioid medicines including who they should notify if serious side effects are experienced. The document includes a ‘fillable PDF’ section that can be updated with the facilities patient escalation service telephone number (for example REACH).

If you are taking an opioid medicine and have any questions, please ask your doctor.

Managing side effects of opioid medicines in hospital

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