A Cleveland Medical Malpractice Attorney Explains Why You Should Discuss Your Prescription May 25, 2012.

Prescription drugs have helped millions of people recover from illnesses and infections, but medication mistakes are increasingly common in medical malpractice claims. The following tips may prevent you from falling victim.

  • To avoid a bad interaction, talk to your doctor about all the medications, vitamins, and supplements you take each day.
  • Make sure you understand all potential side effects. Know what’s normal and abnormal when it comes to the medication.
  • Ask if you should take the drug on an empty stomach, with milk, or if you should avoid any foods while taking it.
  • How long it will take for the medicine to start working and how long you should take it.
  • Read the prescription. Yes, doctors are reputed to have bad handwriting, but if you can’t read what it says, your pharmacist may not be able to read it either.

These suggestions and communication with your doctor can help prevent medication mistakes, but prescription drugs can still cause injury or death. If you have questions about an adverse reaction or drug overdose, attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation.