Medical errors continue to be a prevalent problem within the healthcare industry, and these oversights or mistakes at the hands of medical professionals are now the third leading cause of death in the U. S. A large portion of these mistakes center around medication. Whether a doctor forgot to prescribe a given medication, recommended an incorrect dosage or formula, or even if there was a labeling mistake at the pharmacy, these mistakes can have serious implications to patients.
The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from medical errors involving medication is to remain vigilant and always ask the right questions, For this post, we’re looking at some key questions you should ask your doctor before you proceed with any new prescription or medication.
Why do I Need this Medication?
Perhaps the biggest question involving any new prescription, it’s important that you understand why your doctor is recommending or prescribing a given medication. Make sure you’re fully clear on the benefits and the risks of the recommended medication, and ask your doctor about expected results, timelines, and dosage instructions.
Are There any Known Side Effects?
Most medications have side effects. These can range from mild to severe, and while the benefits of a medication will often outweigh the side effects, it’s still important that you remained informed about potential effects and reactions, and whether your doctor needs to prescribe additional medications to help alleviate side effects.
Is a Generic an Acceptable Replacement?
Patients will often opt for the most cost-effective solution, especially if they expect to regularly take the medication for a long period of time. Ask your doctor if generic alternatives are ok, or if you need to stick to the name brand that he/she recommended. If a generic is acceptable, your doctor should include that information in the prescription itself.
Want to Learn More about Medical Errors or Other Personal Injury Matters?
Keep these pointers in mind next time you visit your primary care physician, and remember that, if you want to learn more about this or other topics related to personal injury law, seasoned attorney David R. Phillips is just a quick phone call away.
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