Can I protect myself against medication errors?

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

Medication errors can be deadly, and they are 100% preventable. You should never be given the wrong type or dosage of medication. These errors happen all the time, though. While medical professionals hold the responsibility to ensure they do not happen, you can do your part to protect yourself against errors as well. 

The Mayo Clinic explains that you need to be vocal about concerns when it comes to medications. Asking questions and learning about the medications makes you an informed patient. It allows you to notice when something is wrong. Speaking up when you feel there is an error can save your life. Never be afraid to advocate for yourself and express concerns. If a doctor or pharmacist brushes you off or will not take the time to talk to you, then that could be a red flag. Be persistent about getting information. 

Make sure that you know every medication that you take. Know how much you take and how often. Learn what each medication is for as well. You should also know about your allergies or sensitivities. It can also help to educate yourself about common drug interaction issues associated with the medications you take. 

You should always be honest with your doctor. Tell him or her about every medication you take. This includes over the counter medications and holistic drugs. Your doctor needs a complete picture of what is going on with your body to prescribe you the correct medications and avoid dangerous interactions. 

Lastly, make sure that double check any prescription a doctor writes you against the information the doctor gave you about the medication. Check again when you get your prescription filled at the pharmacy. Ask questions if you think something is wrong.