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What if you are given the wrong medication?

If you are like most in Providence County, then it has likely been drilled into your head since you were young to be careful not to take the wrong medication. However, if you have been prescribed a medication by a doctor and secured it through a licensed pharmacy, then most may find it reasonable for you to assume that you have the correct drug. Even if you pay close attention to the drug label, your lack of familiarity with prescription drug names may not tip you off to possibly having been given the wrong medication. So what should you do if you are given the wrong drug and end up taking it?

First off, do not panic; raising your blood pressure could potentially increase the dispersal of the drug throughout your body. According to the website for the National Poison Control Center, you should call them immediately. Be prepared to provide information such as your age and weight, the name of the drug you took, as well as the amount taken and the time you took it. If you need immediate medical assistance, the poison control representative with whom you are speaking should be able to coordinate your care with emergency responders.

Once your health and safety is assured, turn your attention to the discovering the source of the error. Return to the office or clinic of the doctor who prescribed the medication and ask to see your record in their prescription relay system. This may pinpoint whether the wrong drug was prescribed in the first place. If the right medication was transmitted to the pharmacy, then the odds are that the pharmacy may have erred in filling your prescription.

While such advice should not be taken as legal counsel, it may assist in assigning responsibility for your medication error

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