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How consumers can help reduce medication errors

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2022 | Medication Errors

To enjoy a healthy life in California, it’s important to keep up with doctor’s visits. During these visits, it’s common for a doctor to prescribe you one or several medications. Unfortunately, this situation can put you at risk of being the victim of a medication error. While these errors are preventable on the doctor’s side, there are also several ways for consumers to reduce their frequency.

Research your medications

It’s human nature to believe everything a doctor tells you. With that said, it never hurts to do a little outside research. The FDA recommends researching and understanding the risks of any medication before taking it.

Keep your medication in its original container

Every prescription medication comes in a clearly labeled container. With that in mind, it’s best to avoid storing your medication outside of its original receptacle. Considering how many medications look alike, not keeping them separated can easily result in medication errors.

Watch out for interactions with certain foods or beverages

Sometimes, you can experience an unwanted side effect while taking medication as directed. That’s because of food and drug interactions. Unfortunately, certain foods and medications don’t interact well with each other. Considering that, it never hurts to ask your doctor if you should avoid certain foods or beverages with a medication. If your doctor doesn’t have the answers, it’s a good idea to search for this answer online.

Unfortunately, medication errors remain a major problem for people of all ages. Follow the previously mentioned tips to greatly reduce your risk of a negative experience taking a new medication.