You go to the doctor, you explain your symptoms, and you’re given a prescription. You take the drugs exactly as instructed and you hope that your symptoms will improve. But what if you get worse?
Most Americans don’t realize that medical mistakes are the third most common cause of death in the U.S. Heart disease and cancer are the only bigger threats that exist. Sometimes, when a doctor or caregiver makes a mistake, the result is obvious. Performing the wrong surgery, for example, or misdiagnosing a condition has effects that almost anyone can notice. Receiving the wrong prescription can be far more subtle—but just as deadly.
Injuries caused by prescription drugs are surprisingly common. In some cases the dosage is simply wrong. Doctors often prescribe the maximum dosage for a drug, which can be dangerous for young people, thin people, the elderly and anyone with liver or kidney conditions. In other cases a doctor may prescribe a medication they never should have recommended, either because of its side effects, its intended usage, or interactions with other drugs.
Of course, if you’re not a doctor yourself you may have no way of knowing whether the prescription drug you were told to take is a good fit for you or not. But there are signs you can watch for:
So what should you do if you suspect you’ve been harmed by prescription drugs? For starters, keep using the drugs. This may seem counter-intuitive, but never stop taking a drug without your doctor’s instructions. Instead, seek a second opinion or ask your doctor about your condition and what you can do.
At the same time, speak to a lawyer. Experienced drug injury lawyers like the attorneys of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can help you get an honest professional medical opinion on the drugs you were given, and can assist you in getting compensation if you were mistreated. Call Steinger, Iscoe & Greene today.