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How to Ensure Your Prescription is What's in the Bottle

It’s imperative to discuss all your medications with your doctor to ensure your prescription is what is in the bottle the pharmacist handed to you. In fact, each time you have a doctor’s appointment, it is wise to take all of your prescriptions with you and ask your doctor to review them with you.

Discuss Prescription In Depth with Your Doctor

When your doctor prescribes a new medication, always make notes about the details of the prescription, including:

  • What does the medicine looks like, i.e., the color of the pill, or liquid, the size?
  • How often you will be taking it?
  • Do you need to take it at precisely the same time each day?
  • Should you drink more water?
  • Should you take it on an empty stomach or with food?
  • If you are accustomed to having tea, wine, or coffee with a meal, can you continue this practice while taking the prescription?

In addition, you should discuss any drug interactions or supplement interactions, and you should always remind both your doctor and the pharmacist of any known drug allergies that could be a cross-over with your new prescription.

While most doctors prefer to simply call or fax in a new prescription, you should always request a written copy of the prescription for your personal records.

Have a Consultation with the Pharmacist

When you pick up your prescription from the pharmacy, you should always request a consultation with the pharmacist to ensure all of your questions and concerns have been answered. During that conversation, it is also important to reiterate the reason the doctor has prescribed the medication so that the pharmacist can double-check to ensure your prescription is the one normally prescribed for your specific need.

Clermont Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If you have been harmed after being prescribed the wrong prescription, or if your pharmacist made an error and gave you the wrong prescription, contact Clermont medical malpractice attorneys at Oldham & Smith to learn more about your legal options.
For more information or to speak directly with an attorney, please call (352) 292-1620 or schedule a free consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer.

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