The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with healthcare providers across the country to reduce the number of medication mistakes that occur every year. Meanwhile, the FDA offers a few suggestions that have helped countless patients avoid a medication error injury:
- Know the name of your medication. The average person takes three to six medications, but surprisingly, many do not know the brand or generic names of the drug. Drug names are easily confused, so make sure you know the brand and generic name of all of your medications.
- Know what your medication is for. Elderly patients are especially at risk of medication errors, since they often take so many drugs they forget which conditions each treats. For example, a woman who confuses a daily drug with an “as needed” medication is not only overmedicating a once-in-a-while condition, but is not fully treating her daily condition.
- Read medicine labels every time. Many people assume that reading the label once is sufficient for self-dosage. However, if the label is misread, the patient will carry on with the incorrect dosage for the length of the prescription. Patients may also confuse two medications in the middle of the night--especially children’s medications, which are often in the form of drops.
- Ask questions about how to use the medication. Too many patients wrongly assume that all -important information will be listed on the label. Always ask about potential drug interactions, side effects, and which activities you should avoid while taking the medication.
- Keep a list of your medications with you at all times. Always keep a running list of all medications and dietary supplements you take. Keep a copy with you, in your wallet or purse, and another in your home. At least one person in your family should know where this list is located so they can inform your doctors of your medical situation in an emergency.
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