It is amazing to think that the most commonly prescribed medications are not necessarily the ones that Americans spend the most money on. In many cases, medications in the top 10 most commonly prescribed list, are inexpensive. However, no matter how cheap these commonly prescribed medications are, they are not worth the cost of a life.
Medication errors happen more often than we may think. Typically, when we discuss medication errors it is in context of a life-threatening allergy, incorrect dosage or deadly interaction. However, what about simply overprescribing? To date, hydrocodone, the combination of narcotic and acetaminophen, is the most commonly prescribed medication in the U.S. In fact, we are believed to be the greatest consumers worldwide of this dangerous narcotic. Hydrocodone prescriptions topped 130 million in 2010 in the U.S., and will likely not slow down anytime soon.
Among the other most commonly prescribed drugs are those for blood pressure and thyroid disorders and infections and diabetes. And, although medication to control cholesterol is number two on the list, it lags behind hydrocodone by an astounding 40 million prescriptions a year. Unlike the other medications on the top 10 list, hydrocodone is highly addictive and is extremely dangerous when mixed with alcohol. These warnings are sometimes left out when physicians prescribe this narcotic. This combined with the fact that patients can build a tolerance to this medication, and you have the potential for an overdose and death.
Even the most commonly prescribed medications can be deadly. If you have experienced an adverse reaction to a medication, or have suffered an injury while taking a medication you may benefit by working with a medical malpractice lawyer. With their help, negligent doctors can be held responsible and you may be entitled to compensation.