5 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Taking Prescription Medication June 26, 2012.
Prescription medication can help manage aches and pains, or certain types of medical conditions. However, safety is important when taking medication. There are a few things you should avoid, as they may lead to harmful interactions, dangerous side effects, or other serious consequences.
The following are 5 things you shouldn’t do when taking prescription medication:
- store your medication in areas that are too cold or too hot;
- change the time when you take your medicine or the dosage without first talking to your doctor;
- use your medication past the expiration date;
- break apart or crush your pills unless you have been instructed to take them this way; and
- mix your medication with other kinds unless you have first discussed this with your doctor.
Whenever you are prescribed a new medication by your doctor, make sure you understand why you are taking it. Know the dosage and any other special instructions. You should also be sure that your doctor knows your medical history, including allergies.
Although you may take these steps to prevent serious harm, if your doctor’s negligence leads to injuries, they could be held liable. Negligence could include prescribing the wrong medication, the wrong dose, or acts of carelessness.