Administer Medication to Individuals and Monitor the Effects

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1. Identify current legislation, guidelines policies and protocols relevant to the administration of medication? Legislation – The Medicines Act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, The Health and Safety at Work Act, The Misuse of Drugs Act, The Misuse of Drugs Regulations, Health and Social Care Act, Essential Standards, Data Protection Act, Hazardous Waste Regulations. The Medication Policy and Handbook in my workplace that covers assessment of individuals’ needs, administering, storage, recording and disposal of medicines. 2. Describe common types of medication including their effects and potential side effects? Codeine: Codeine is used for pain relief, such as head-aches, the side effects can be light-headedness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and sedation. Codeine can also cause allergic reactions, symptoms of which include constipation, abdominal pain, rash and itching. Addiction to these, irritation of the stomach, liver damage and sleep disturbances as some analgesics contain caffeine, if taken over a long period of time. Amoxicillin: A penicillin based antibiotic which fights bacteria in your body. It can only be taken if you are not allergic to Penicillin and do not have asthma, liver or kidney disease, or a history of Diarrhoea. Feeling sick and vomiting are the most common side effects. It is used to treat many different types of infections, such as ear infections, bladder infections, pneumonia, and salmonella however it can cause side effects including, getting a fungal infection such as thrush after treatment with antibiotics for a longer period of time, sores inside your mouth, fever, swollen glands, joint pain, muscle weakness, severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash, yellowed skin, yellowing of the eyes, dark coloured urine, confusion or weakness, easy bruising, and vaginal itching. 3.

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