Are you experiencing side effects from an antidepressant, antipsychotic, psychostimulant or other psychiatric medication? Is your current prescription not working for you?
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that doctors are only human, and they make human mistakes. They may mistakenly write down the wrong medication on their prescription pad, or the wrong dose or frequency. Pharmacists, too, can make mistakes in what they fill.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine study, 39 percent of the side effects experienced by patients were preventable. Out of these cases:
- Patients were given the wrong drug 45 percent of the time
- Patients were prescribed the wrong dose 10 percent of the time
- Patients were told to take the drug too frequently 10 percent of the time
How to Avoid this Mistake: You must double-check the prescription paper you’re given, as well as the bottle of pills you pick up. Make sure the slip of paper your doctor hands you is for the medication he or she said it was, and at the same dosage. If you notice any discrepancies, ask your doctor. If you’re picking up a new drug from the pharmacy, you can check The Pill Book to make sure the pill matches up with the prescription. (The book contains pictures of pills so you can compare.) The main thing is do research on the side effects first before filling any prescription. Doctors are often too busy to keep up with side effects and drug interactions. You have to monitor your own health now a days. Do research before you go to the pharmacy.
To download a free eBook on the side effects of common psychiatric drugs go to http://www.cchr.org and on the right-hand side of the page you will see Free White Papers; Drug Side Effects. Click on that and download the free white paper.
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