Avoiding Medication Mistakes

It seems as though you cannot leave a physician’s office nowadays without a prescription for something.  It is easy to get medications confused or to become complacent (i.e. just doing whatever the physician tells you without considering that a mistake may be occurring).  There are some helpful things that you can do to make sure that you are protecting yourself from medication errors.  Keep a list of your medications – that is updated frequently – with you at all times.  That list should include the name of the medication, the dose and the frequency that you take it.  Weekly put your medications in  a Sunday through Saturday pill box so that you know if your forget a dose.  If you have frequent follow-up visits with your physician, take your pill bottles with you to those appointments.  Look up your medications on websites such as drugs.com to make sure that the pill you received from the pharmacy looks like the pill from the manufacturer.