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What can I do to ensure proper prescription use? Pt. 2

In a previous post, we began a discussion about what a patient can do to try to avoid medication errors. Again, we will remind you that medication errors are often the result of doctor or pharmacist negligence. If you could do something to prevent such medical hardship, wouldn't you do it?

So far, we have discussed the importance of knowing the proper name of your drug and how to properly use your prescription. The following are a couple of other safety tips regarding prescription drug use:

Store your prescription properly

Prescription drugs should be used and treated with special care. Just as you should be careful about how to take them, you should be careful about how you take care of them. Heat can be bad for many medications, as can humidity. Read the storage instructions on your prescription and check with your doctor or pharmacist. Keep these instructions in mind when at home, but also when travelling. If you think your medication has been compromised, don't risk using it without consulting your medical provider first. 

Know when to contact your doctor

Side effects can be a normal part of taking prescription drugs. You should have an idea of what those effects might be, but don't assume that you shouldn't reach out to your doctor if you experience them. Some effects are more serious than others, of course, and you definitely should not hesitate to call your doctor as soon as certain issues develop. Know those possible effects before taking the drug. If you feel that a prescription isn't working for you or that your condition is worsening, that is worth discussing with your doctor. 

Communication is a large part of patients improving their own health and helping to prevent medication errors. Error prevention, however, won't happen if medical providers fail to do their jobs according to proper standards. A medical malpractice attorney can help at least clarify options if you believe a doctor jeopardized your health.

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