Wednesday, December 16, 2009

ALWAYS Read the Medication Labels!

prescription bottleEvery day, my family members and I (combined) take about five different prescription medications. We've been taking the same medications for several years, and I guess I've gotten complacent about reading the information sheets that the pharmacy sends. I'm writing this in the hope that you won't do the same!

Recently my doctor changed the dosage of a prescription. I didn't even think to read the packaging, because I'd been taking this medication for more than a year.

What I've learned in the past couple of weeks is never to assume that a dosage change won't cause different or more severe side effects! I had some frightening side effects--all of which are listed on that handy patient information sheet that I'd neatly filed away. (Sure, that's when I get organized?!)

I'm feeling a little better now, but I felt really awful for a while. Please don't make the same mistake I did. Whether the medication is for you or for a loved one, take a few minutes to learn all you can about it. In some cases, it could literally save a life.

I'm linking this up to Works for Me Wednesday.

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4 comments :

  1. That is really an excellent point. My sister once told me of a story where a little boy was killed because they accidentally made the wrong dosage and the mom didn't check the label before giving it to him. Such a tragedy that can be avoided. Thank goodness you realized it and are ok now!!

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  2. i facebooked this...i almost od my dog!

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  3. Scary! I never thought about it. I will remember if my meds are ever changed. Thanks for sharing and glad everything is better:)

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  4. Great point! Reading is very important. We do not take meds on a regular basis so when the need is there to take some we always write it down on our calendar. It makes keeping up with it much easier.

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