Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Managing Multiple MedicationsDecember 12, 2016
As people age, it is common for seniors to be on multiple medications, including over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements, and prescription medications. While these drugs play an important role in treating everything from simple aches and pains to serious illnesses, they can also cause serious complications if a medical professional is not closely monitoring the medications, the dosage amount, and the potential for possible drug interactions. Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers remind patients that medication errors can be fatal.
The body goes through significant physical changes as it ages. Aside from the obvious external changes that we can see, the internal organs do not always function as well, which means that the body can have an adverse reaction to certain medication, or it could affect how a particular drug breaks down and leaves the body.
Avoiding Complications from Drug Interactions
There are some simple steps that older patients can take to avoid harmful drug interactions, including the ones listed below.
- Discuss your medication with your doctor and take the medicine exactly as prescribed. Whether you are taking a medication for a chronic condition like high blood pressure or an antibiotic for an infection, do not skip doses, even if you begin to feel better. Certain medications only work when they are taken regularly, and at the appropriate dosage level.
- Keep a current medication list. Make sure that your medication list includes every medicine you are taking, including the brand name and the generic name. Include the dosage, how often you take the medication, and the condition each medication treats. You may want to consider giving a copy of your medication list to a family member or trusted friend in case of an emergency.
- Talk to your doctor about the side effects and potential drug interactions of all medication you are taking. Drug interactions can occur when one drug affects the efficacy of another drug. Your doctor should tell you if your condition makes certain drugs potentially dangerous; if an herbal supplement reacts with the drug; or if food or alcoholic beverages react with the drug. In addition to your physician, your pharmacist can tell you about drug interactions and side effects.
- Review all medications with your doctor at every visit. Confirm with your doctor whether it is necessary to continue to take all the medicine you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medicine and herbal supplements. If a specific medication becomes too expensive, you can discuss other alternatives with your doctor, including generic options.
Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured by Drug Interactions
If you or a loved one becomes sick or injured from taking multiple medications, you may be eligible for financial compensation if your physician did not properly monitor the potential side effects or drug interactions. Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will work tirelessly on your behalf to hold the negligent parties responsible for your injury and pursue the maximum financial compensation to which you are entitled. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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