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Tips for preventing medication mistakes

There is no question that medication plays an important role in helping people to get better and possibly prevent them from experienced an illness in the first place. When a medication mistake happens however, the ramifications can be disastrous and even fatal. Fortunately there are some steps that people can take to try to prevent them from happening.

The first is to be aware of what it is you are taking. In addition to knowing the name of the drug, it is also important to know how often and how much should be taken. A good way to do this is to create a list that you can take with you.

The next step is to find out all you can about the drug from your doctor. Ask things such as the names of both the brand as well as the generic. Also find out how it interacts with food or other drugs and the period for which it should be taken. Questions should also be asked of the pharmacist as he or she may have a different answer.

Make sure you take the right amount of medication at the right time. Weighing yourself or your children could play a role in making sure the right dosage is administered. Using a pill box that organizes the medication by day can help you to remember to take the medicine and know whether you have already done so or not.

To make sure that you or someone else does not accidentally take medication that is old, get rid of the bottle once you are done with it. Keeping current medication out of the reach of others is a good approach as well, as is not sharing it.

Sometimes medication errors are the fault of the doctor prescribing the medication or the pharmacist who filled it. In these situations, should an injury occur as a result of taking it, it is possible that a medical malpractice lawsuit could be filed against the party responsible. In addition to helping to cover some of the costs that may have arisen in conjunction with the mistake, it can also serve as a deterrent to that party in the future.

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