How to deal with patient objections to codeine upscheduling

5 useful tips for managing the conversation

From 1 February, medicines that contain low-dose codeine will no longer be available over the counter.

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While this brings Australia into line with most similar countries, not all patients will be happy with this change.

Indeed, many will need to be talked through the reasons for the upscheduling.

Debbie Rigby, advanced practice pharmacist and NPS Medicinewise director, used comments from Facebook to address some of the most common concerns.

Here are her top 5 tips for common objections:

1. “But