From a very young age, most people have at some point been treated with prescriptions to battle an illness or condition. And typically, if the instructions are followed, most drugs will do as intended to help us feel better. But this high rate of success can easily lead us to forget that medications can have serious or even lethal side effects. For this reason, when using medications, caution must be exercised every step of the way and starts when your doctor prescribes a new medication.
When you visit your doctor, you want to take a proactive approach if you are expecting to receive a prescription. This means giving the doctor a full rundown of all the supplements and other drugs you are currently using. This will help lower your chances of having a dangerous interaction when using the new drug.
You also want the doctor to explain the length of time you will need the medication, any possible side effects the medication could produce and how to tell if the medication is working. To make sure that you get the right drug when you go to the pharmacist, have the doctor give you a printout with all the pertinent details about the prescription.
It is always in your best interests to query your doctor about any new medications. Do not be afraid to ask questions and get clarification about any issues of concern. Your doctor should be happy to provide you with all the information you need.
But ultimately, it is your doctor who is prescribing the medication. And if he or she should prescribe the wrong drug due to a lack due diligence when making the diagnosis and you are harmed as a result, you should have legal recourse to seek damages. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a medication error, an experienced medical malpractice attorney could act as your advocate as you pursue appropriate compensation.