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Medication errors are more common than people realize

When you get medications in California, you expect that they will be the right type and the correct dosage. However, errors can occur regarding medications, and those errors could result in significant illness or even death. Before taking any medication, you should look at the container and talk to the doctor or pharmacist to ensure that you’re receiving the proper amount and type.

Prescriptions

One of the most common types of medication error is with the prescription itself. The person who wrote the prescription might not have had the best handwriting, resulting in the wrong medication or the wrong dosage being given to you. Sometimes, a doctor might write the wrong prescription altogether by confusing patients and the medications that they are supposed to receive.

Reactions

A type of error that can sometimes occur without the knowledge of the patient or the doctor is a reaction to the medication prescribed. It’s important to let your doctor know of any allergies that you have to medications so that certain types aren’t given to you. If your doctor prescribes a medication that is in the same family as those you’re allergic to, you could have a reaction to it, possibly a severe one. You should avoid taking it until you consult with your doctor or the pharmacist. One of the most common mistakes that occurs is a patient being given a medication without the doctor having taken a proper history, which leads to a substance being prescribed that the patient simply shouldn’t be taking.

If you think that you’ve been given the wrong medication or you’ve had a bad reaction to a medication that was prescribed to you due to a lack of information, you might consider consulting with an attorney who can file a claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
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