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How can I protect myself against medication errors?

Medication errors are a huge issue in the medical field. They occur for many reasons, but you have the power to protect yourself against them. Being proactive when it comes to your medications can protect you from serious side effects, harmful medication interactions and deadly reactions. So, when you get a prescription from your doctor in Louisiana, you should follow this advice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to prevent medication errors.

Make sure that whenever you get a prescription or a healthcare worker gives you medication that you vary what it is. Ask why you must have and what it will do for you. Clarify that the dosage is correct as well. Always doublecheck the name and ask if you can see the medication to verify it looks to be the correct one.

You should always insist that your doctor explain every medication he gives to you. Get the full name and generic name. Also, ask for the dosage. Verify this information when picking up your prescription from the pharmacy as well.

You should never be afraid to ask questions about your medications. Never worry about asking too many questions. It could save your life. You also should not shy away from asking for verification. Medication errors are typically a result of human error. Someone may misread a label or misunderstand a prescription and give you the wrong medication or wrong dosage. Verifying and clarifying will help catch many of these errors. This information is for educational use only. It is not to be taken as legal advice.

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