Patients can take medication for granted, in that not much thought is given to the potential for serious harm if it is used improperly. In addition, there may be harmful drug interactions that could occur or allergic reactions. Talking to your doctor or pharmacist about side effects, warnings and the proper way to take your medication is important to avoid a medication error.
Here are 10 safety tips that can help when you are taking any type of medication:
- know why you are taking the medicine (what medical condition/symptoms it is treating);
- find out how long you should take it, how much, how often and if there are any other special instructions;
- if you miss a dose, don’t double up later on;
- understand possible side effects that may be experienced;
- never keep medicine that isn’t needed or is outdated;
- store medication out of the reach of children and in a dry area (unless it requires refrigeration but then make sure children cannot access it);
- if you experience any unusual side effects, immediately contact your doctor;
- have all of your prescriptions filled at 1 pharmacy;
- never share your medication with someone else; and
- read the labels and instructions carefully (call your doctor or pharmacist if you don’t understand or have any questions/concerns).
If you were the victim of a medication error that was caused by the negligence of a doctor, pharmacist or any other healthcare professional, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact a Kentucky medication lawyer to discuss your case.
Contacting a Kentucky Medication Lawyer
A lawyer at Gray and White can help you handle every aspect of your medication error claim. If you’ve become the victim of a chemotherapy error in Kentucky, contact us today for a free evaluation of your case – 888-450-4456 or 502-210- 8942.