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These tips can help you avoid taking the wrong medication

Imagine calling in for a refill of your medication, only to find out that the pharmacy had given you the wrong one. Suddenly, all the odd side effects, dizziness, headaches and other symptoms make perfect sense. What can you do? You may need medical treatment to correct injuries suffered from the medication or even receive other medications to counteract what you've taken. If that's the case, you could be entitled to compensation to cover the cost of those treatments.

If this sounds like a terrifying situation, it can be. Taking the wrong medication can result in severe, debilitating illnesses and death. Here are a few tips for making sure you get the correct drugs every time.

First, make sure you know what the doctor is prescribing by name and by what the drug does. Many doctors now use electronic prescribing, which helps cut down on errors from being unable to read a doctor's penmanship, but that doesn't mean no errors ever happen. Clicking the wrong medication or dosage can lead to you receiving the wrong drug.

Know why you're taking the medication as well. Many medications have similar names, but if you know that they have different purposes, you can be sure that you have the right one when you clarify what it's for with the pharmacist.

Always take the drugs out of your bag when it's purchased and check what it is and that it's the correct drug. If the drugs are for the wrong patient, it's vital to return them and to get the correct medications. If you're injured because of taking the drug, you can give your medical information to your attorney as evidence, so you two can move forward with a malpractice claim.

Source:, "A Pharmacy Screwed Up My Rx and I Took the Wrong Drug for a Month," Jennifer Rainey Marquez, accessed Jan. 20, 2017

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