Prescription medications can dramatically improve quality and length of life for many people. Many medical conditions require that patients take multiple medications. In most cases, patient medication regimens are safe, and each medication operates independently of the others. But some patients may receive prescriptions for new drugs that interact with medications they’re already taking, causing the medications to be less effective or creating dangerous and potentially life-threatening side effects and complications.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know how important it is for patients to be as informed as possible about their medications. However, that’s not always the case—especially with the busy schedules of doctors and other healthcare providers. Being proactive, including speaking with the following healthcare professionals, can help you avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions:
- Your doctor – Always mention all medications you’re taking when you are being prescribed a new drug. Your doctor may not be aware of all the medications you take daily or weekly, and reminding him or her can help you reduce your risks of a drug interaction.
- Your pharmacist – You have another opportunity to avoid a drug interaction when you go to the pharmacy to get your prescription filled. Speak with the pharmacist and let him or her know which medications you’re taking. If there’s a chance for an interaction, the pharmacist can help you take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening.
Drug interactions can cause serious illnesses, complications, and even death. Avoiding them is essential, but it often requires taking things into your own hands. Our drug injury lawyers are here to help if you or someone you love was hurt by a medication. Call today for a free consultation.