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Key questions for patients to ask about prescriptions

According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug in an average year. While the vast majority of prescriptions are helpful to patients, medication errors unfortunately kill thousands of people annually. To avoid being one of those statistics, North Carolina patients should ask a few key questions to make sure they are taking medicines safely.

Some medications should absolutely not be taken with others. Patients should make sure their doctor is aware of all the medications they are taking, including all supplements. A doctor can then inform patients about what medications should not be taken together. Even if you're not taking any other medication, you could still face mild to severe side effects. Patients should also consult with their doctor about the signs of potentially dangerous side effects.

It is important for patients to know how a medicine should be taken (whether with food or without) and the proper dosage amount. This can help prevent deadly mistakes in case there are printing errors on the label.

Patients may also want to ask their doctor or pharmacist if a prescribed medication is covered by their insurance plan. If a particular medication isn't covered, patients can ask about alternatives. Taking a generic form of the medication is also a great way for patients to save money. However, not all medications are available in generic form.

Mistakes can still happen even if a patient does all that he or she can to prevent errors. Some of these errors may be due to the negligence of doctors, pharmacists, and other medical providers. An experienced attorney may be able to help victims of medication errors with filing claims for compensation.

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