Administering medication to others

Administering medication to others is potentially dangerous and illegal unless you are medically qualified. Some generally accepted principles are:

  • prescription medicines must only be taken or used by the person for whom they were prescribed
  • assisting others to self-administer their own medication or over-the-counter preparations which appear appropriate to the circumstances is generally considered acceptable if the person asks for assistance
  • always check whether the person has taken the preparation previously and whether they have any allergies before allowing or assisting in medication use
  • check whether the medication is being taken in accordance with directions
  • always check what other medications or drugs the person may be taking at the same time.