Picking up a new prescription?
Before just paying, grabbing, and heading to your next errand, consider how much you really know about your medication. If taken incorrectly, prescription drugs can be ineffective, addictive, and even life-threatening.
As a pharmaceutical injury lawyer in Memphis, I can say I’ve seen the worst, and it’s worth taking your time to be safe. So when picking up your medication for the first time, get printed information and speak with your pharmacist. Make sure you know the answer to the following questions:
- Why am I taking this medication, and what is it supposed to do?
- What is the brand name of this medication? Is this the generic brand? If so, what is it called?
- What should this medication look like?
- How much should I take? How often? What time of day?
- It says to take one every 3-4 hours. Does that mean I should take doses overnight?
- Where should I store it?
- How long should I be on this drug?
- Is it addictive? If so, are there any precautions I can take in advance to avoid becoming dependent?
- Are there any other medications, supplements, foods, or drinks I should avoid while on this medication?
- What are the possible side effects of this medication, and how can I prevent them?
- If a side effect does occur, what should I do?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- Are there any drugs I’m currently taking that I should stop taking while on this medication?
- Does it replace other meds I’ve been taking?
- How soon should I check back in with my doctor?
Even if you take your medication properly, some prescription drugs can still be dangerous. If you or a loved one have been injured by medication, you may be entitled to compensation.
To learn more, or if you think you may have a case, contact us today for a free conversation with one of our experienced dangerous drugs attorneys in Memphis.