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Cut your risk of a medication error with these 3 tips

On Behalf of | Sep 14, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

If you’re dealing with the symptoms of a disease or other ailments, you probably take several kinds of medication. You also have faith in your doctor to give the correct dose, volume and type of medication to relieve your issues. Unfortunately, medication errors are pretty common.

Every year, the Federal Drug Administration receives over 100,000 reports of suspected medication errors. These types of mistakes can take a toll on your health and well-being. Thus, it is important that you speak out as a patient to avoid them.

1. Present your doctor with a comprehensive medication list

If you take multiple medications regularly, maintain a comprehensive list of each and the dosage amount. Keep a medical diary and note any prescription side effects you experience from taking any of these medications.

When you visit your doctor, always present an updated medication list.

2. Participate in reconciliation

You can reduce your risk of a medication error by participating in medication reconciliation. This process involves comparing the list of medications you take versus the list your doctor has. By doing so, you can prevent missing medications, dosing errors, unintended drug interactions and other problems.

3. Read your labels

It’s easy to get confused when you’re taking multiple medications. Check the label to be sure that you’re taking the right type and in the right dosage.

Keep prescriptions in their original containers at all times. Due to the similarity in appearance, it is possible to take the wrong pill or tablet accidentally.

Consult your pharmacist if you are not sure how to take a new medication or have concerns, such as difficulty swallowing a specific pill. It can be unsafe to crush certain tablets and combine medications, so consult your doctor first.

Although your doctor is a great resource, taking an active role in your own care may provide even better results. This does not imply self-medicating, which is risky, but rather being involved in the treatment you are receiving. Taking the time to talk to your doctor about the medications you’re taking and why might help you make informed decisions about your health.