Going to your doctor and getting a prescription for a new medication can make you feel hopeful about the future of your health. After all, drugs are designed to help cure diseases, reduce pain and inflammation, and treat the symptoms of chronic conditions.
Unfortunately, not all drugs are safe. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintains a database of drugs that it or drug manufacturers have recalled due to safety issues—but many of those drugs are still being sold or given to patients.
It’s important for all patients to understand that some medications can worsen your condition or even create new complications. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we believe that patients can reduce their risks by being active and informed participants in their own healthcare treatment plans.
If you were recently prescribed a new drug, ask your doctor the following questions:
- Is the drug safe to take with other medications or supplements? Drug interactions are one of the biggest medication-related dangers to be aware of. Your doctor should determine and address the risks of potential interactions, but if they don’t, make sure you bring it up.
- What are the side effects or risks associated with the drug? All medications have the risk of side effects—some of which can be serious and even life-threatening. Ask about them before taking the drug, as they may be more serious than you’re willing to risk.
Our drug injury lawyers know how helpless many victims and their families feel when they’re injured by medications that were supposed to help them get better. That’s why we fight for compensation for people like you. Call today for a free consultation.