A New Year may bring new resolutions for many, especially in the area of health and wellness. While many people’s minds automatically race to getting a gym membership and working out, there are additional areas in which you can take control of your health and health care.
While your physical fitness should be a top priority for the New Year, it is also equally important to have a good doctor and pharmacist. However, it is critical that you don’t rely on your doctors and pharmacists too much and to remember that there are a couple of things that you can do to take your health care into your own hands.
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- Take interest in your medical information – By keeping a personal record of your medical history, allergies, problems, medications, and illnesses, you can relay this information to doctors and pharmacists to help clear up any confusion and minimize your chances of receiving drugs that interact with current medications you are taking.
- Have questions ready for your doctor – When you have a doctor’s visit, it is important that you are prepared to ask the right questions. Before your doctor’s appointment, write down your questions and concerns as well as your symptoms. This information will help the doctor figure out what’s wrong and prescribe the correct medication and treatment for you.
- Take down notes – Before you leave the doctor’s office, make sure you understand the treatment plan. Confirm what medication the doctor has prescribed for you by asking for the generic name and brand name as well as the dosing information and possible side effects of the medication.
- Be alert at the pharmacy – When getting your prescription filled, it is important to know the name of the drug and to double check the bottle before leaving the pharmacy. You should confirm that your name is on the bottle as well as the correct drug name and dosage. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. In fact, you should take the pharmacist up on a consultation. Unfortunately, pharmacy mistakes happen, and you need to do everything to reduce your chances of suffering from receiving the wrong medication or wrong dosage of drugs.
In an ideal world, physicians and pharmacists wouldn’t make mistakes; however, they are human, and can make critical mistakes that can affect your health. In order to take control of your own health in 2014, you need to follow the above steps no matter how competent you believe your doctor or pharmacist to be. All it takes is for one prescription medication mistake to occur for you to suffer from pharmacy malpractice—which is no way to start your New Year.
If order to help your friends and families avoid being a victim of a pharmacy error, it is a good idea to share this information on Facebook. Doing so can help your loved ones take control of their health care too.