Codeine and Morphine top the list for hospitalizations and deaths.
In 2008 alone, there were two million people hospitalized because of drug side effects and drug interactions. Of those people, 50,000 eventually died as a result of the side effects or interactions. The culprit of many of these effects was narcotic pain relievers like codeine and morphine.
All the listed side effects of a drug don't happen in every person. Some people feel no side effects. Some people have almost every nasty side effect on the label, and some people have only one or two side effects. There can be educated guesses made based on a patient's past medical history with their meds and side effects. But some side effects may not happen for weeks, months or even years after a patient starts taking a medicine.
- If you or someone you care for has side effects, especially if those side effects lead to the emergency room or to hospitalization, your doctor needs to be made aware of the medicine's effects.
Why full disclosure is important.
Make sure your doctor and your pharmacist know about all of the medicines you take, including herbal medicines, and all over-the-counter medicines, like pain relievers, allergy medicines and sleep aids. Ask questions about all of your medicines to the doctor and the pharmacist. Ask about possible interactions between your medications. This is valuable in keeping you and your loved ones safe.
You are a human, not a sheep. You have rights.
You are a human, not a sheep, and you don't have to blindly accept what you are told at either the doctor's office or the pharmacy. If you are uncomfortable with what you learn about your medications or proposed medications, discuss this with your doctor. You have the right to refuse any medical treatment you aren't comfortable with and to get a second opinion. Second opinions can be invaluable, and asking questions about side effects and interactions can save your life because the answers to your questions may very well need to be double checked.
Free resources to learn about dangerous pharmacy errors.
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