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Protecting yourself against medication errors

Whether you visit the doctor for a simple infection or a chronic condition, you trust that you will get the right diagnosis, treatment and care. Unfortunately, it is not always that simple. As a patient, you must be invested and aware of your own diagnosis and treatments to avoid errors rather than blindly trust health care professionals.

One of the common errors that can be avoided with a little extra effort is a medication error. While this type is often small, it can have devastating effects if you take the wrong medication or the wrong dosage.

Make your own list

At a doctor’s appointment, could you list every medication you take and what the dosage is? Rather than taking a chance, you should always come prepared to an appointment with a list of medications to share with your doctor. These must include over-the-counter medicines, prescription medicines and anything herbal or supplemental you take. If you do not have time to make a list, just bring the items with you to your appointment.

Ask questions

You should never take a medication until you are comfortable with the details. Do you know why you are taking it, how often you should take it and what you should expect from it? Ask your doctor those questions along with any about side effects, the length of time you should take the medication and bad reactions you should watch for.

Double check your meds

Medication errors are often caused by a miscommunication between the doctor’s office and the pharmacy. You can avoid these errors by checking the name and dosage on the package before leaving the pharmacy. Ask the pharmacist to confirm what you are taking and why to avoid any confusion.

Know when you need help

If you deal with adverse conditions because of a medication error, you may deserve compensation for your injuries and struggles. When facing this situation, we encourage you to contact an attorney immediately to discuss your options.

 

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