What are the key reasons for administering medications to patients?

  • To provide relief from specific symptoms, for example pain, and managing side effects as well as therapeutic purposes.

  • As part of the process of diagnosing their illness, to prevent an illness, disease or side effect, to offer relief from symptoms or to treat a disease

  • As part of the treatment of long term diseases, for example heart failure, and the prevention of diseases such as asthma.

  • To treat acute illness, for example antibiotic therapy for a chest infection, and side effects such as nausea.