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November 30, 2016. Category: Medical Malpractice

Taking Medication? Follow These Steps To Stay Safe

Every day, many adults take over-the-counter supplements and prescription medications.  There are easy safety tips recommended by the FDA to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

  1. Don't Change Medication on Your Own: Maybe you’ve started a prescription and do not feel like it is working. Maybe you’ve been on a medication for a while and you want to stop because it is too expensive to keep taking it. On the other hand, maybe you’ve been feeling great and are beginning to wonder why you’re still on your medication at all. While it may be tempting to increase or decrease your dosage based on how you feel, this is never a good idea. You should always consult with a medical professional before you make any adjustments to your medication.   
  2. Create a Medication List:  It is very smart to keep a running list of all medications you are currently taking. Remember to include: the name of the medication, why you’re taking it, how often you’re taking it, and the dosage you are taking.  This includes over-the-counter medication as well as prescription medications.  Give your medication list to your doctor at each visit.  Also, consider sharing your list with a loved one or close friend. That way, if there’s an emergency, someone you trust will be able to communicate this information for you.
  3. Check Into Side Effects and Drug Interactions: No prescription medication is without risk.  The more medications you take, the likelihood of mediation interactions could increase as well. If you are seeing only one health care provider, then they should be aware of any potential harm and prescribe medications accordingly. However, if you have multiple physicians, make sure that each doctor is aware of your current medications. Your pharmacist is also an excellent resource for discussing the potential for drug interactions and side effects. 
  4. Talk to Your Doctor: It is recommended that you discuss your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and dietary supplements at every visit with your physician.  If you have questions about any medication you are taking or why a medication is being prescribed, ASK.

Let Us Help You

As Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers, we have seen the devastating consequences of medication errors.  You can never be too informed or too careful when it comes to your own health.  Ask questions.  Do research online about your medications.  Read the medication inserts you receive from the pharmacist before taking any new medications.  If you feel that you have been harmed by medical malpractice or you suffered as serious side effect from a prescription drug, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.  

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