While prescribing or selling you the wrong medication is the responsibility of the professional, there are things you can do to advocate for yourself and help prevent such errors from happening. Standing up for yourself is the best way to prevent the dangerous effects that could occur if you take the wrong medication.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, you should first recognize that errors with medication can happen at any stage in the process, so you must be aware at all times.
Know your medication
Take note of the size and color of your medication. If you notice it looks different, then say something. It could be a change from brand name to generic, but it could also be an indication you got the wrong medication or dose.
It is also important to know your dosage and the names of your medications. Keep this information in a list if you cannot remember it. Always check your list against the prescriptions you receive.
Check your prescription
Before you leave your doctor’s office, read your prescription. If you cannot read it, then ask for clarification. Many doctors print prescriptions or send them digitally. You can always ask for clarification of what medication you will get and the dosage so that you can check it when you pick your medication up at the pharmacy.
Do not be afraid to ask questions about anything. You have a right to understand what is happening with your healthcare, and that includes knowing everything about your medications. If you do not understand something, then make sure you get clarification before you leave.