It seems that we are inundated with commercials and other forms of marketing touting the curative properties of medications that are currently available. The problem with these paid messages is that they don’t ever explain how the medications actually interact with your body. You are just being handed the notion that all you need to do is take a drug and your medical issues will be magically remedied. But when it comes to prescription drugs, things are not so simple.
One of the most important things you need to understand about starting a medication is that it is critical to follow the instructions to the letter. You see, often you must get a specific amount of a medication into your bloodstream in order for it to have the desired effect. This means you need to take the drug at the prescribed dosage at the time you are instructed. Deviating from the proper dosage and schedule could keep the drug from working properly.
Moreover, your physician must monitor your progress after you begin using a new drug. The fact is, finding the right dosage is a trial and error proposition, and it is perfectly normal for a dosage to need adjusting until the drug is working as desired.
By monitoring a patient, a healthcare provider can make sure the patient is getting helpful rather than harmful results. And medical practitioners need to listen to patients and assess whether a drug is acting as intended. If a patient’s dosage is not properly adjusted, or if the doctor has issued the wrong drug to the patient, the patient could suffer a serious injury.
If you or a family member have suffered adverse effects due to a medication error, it may be appropriate to seek the aid of a medical malpractice attorney. The attorney could evaluate the situation and advise you on the possible avenues of compensation for damages.