Checking New Meds & Refills

LadyDi - 26259Miller
By LadyDi - 26259Miller Latest Reply 2009-01-06 08:14:03 -0600
Started 2008-12-11 12:05:00 -0600

I'm wondering how carefully you check - if at all - your prescriptions when picked up from the pharmacy (or when received if obtain through the mail). It is important to do this to be sure that you've received the right med and in the dosage prescribed. I have been given the wrong dosage, and in some cases that could be catastrophic. I imagine most of you do check, but just thought it would be a good subject to bring up, in case there are some who have not thought to do this. Our doctors and pharmacists are, and should be, held to a higher degree of care, but they are human and certainly can make mistakes.

Also - be sure the pill is the same shape and color as the one you've been taking. If not, check with the pharmacist. Most of the time that's because the drug company has changed the appearance, but it could mean you received the wrong med or the wrong dosage. As silly as it may seem, be sure to check the NAME on the prescription, so that you don't take home one that belongs to someone else.

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Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-06 07:52:41 -0600 Report

I get my medications through the mail and even they have made mistakes (or at least I thought they had). When I found the error to one of my maintenance meds. I called my doctor and asked what they had prescribed. They had changed my prescription because my insurance no longer covered the original one that I had been on for a couple of years. So even though the change was discovered, it would have been much easier and less stressful if I would have done my part and asked the doctor about it when I was there.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-06 08:14:03 -0600 Report

Checking the appearance of your pill is important too. A difference there should alert you that either there has been an error or that the manufacturer has changed the shape or color, etc. I've had that happen and thought I was getting the wrong thing. You just can't be too careful.

2009-01-05 19:25:07 -0600 Report

I got a new hand written prescription for a drug I had been taking for panic attacks. I didn't notice they were 400 mg tablets AND NOT 200 mg tablets as prescribed. It took me 3 months to notice when I looked as I started getting so sick. I had diabetes within 1 month of stopping the medicine. I'm positive this is what brought my diabetes on like a sledge hammer. I will never make that mistake again. This was a terrible lesson to learn. Take care, Angie

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-05 21:35:19 -0600 Report

I know doctors and pharmacists are human and make mistakes, but when it's our lives we're talking about, I'd rather take every measure possible to be sure I'm taking the right med and the right dosage. I've had something similar happen to me, but because the doctor's nurse called and gave me the wrong info. I've know of other cases of errors on the part of doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. They even caution you to check before you take any meds in the hospital, or have someone with you that checks, for when you're not up to it.

Didn't you have an appointment with your endocrinologist this afternoon? How did that go?

2009-01-06 07:27:21 -0600 Report

Hi friend. My Endo has to cancel the appointment :( I talked with my doctor and he is seeing me this afternoon. Maybe he can figure this out, he's a great doctor. I'll let you know! Talk to you later on! Angie

Paula - 14421
Paula - 14421 2009-01-04 21:18:26 -0600 Report

I always chek medications when I pick them up anyone can make a mistake we are all human and we have a responsibility also

Anonymous 2008-12-11 14:06:33 -0600 Report

I always ask my doctor what he is prescribing if it is new. always go to the same pharmacy so they can check for interactions. If it is something new I ask the pharmacist the side effects when and what should I take it with. If it is something I take now I open it while i am still at the pharmacy to see if it is the same. I go to Wal Greens.

2008-12-11 13:24:33 -0600 Report

My pharmacist opens the bottles and makes sure that we agree they are the right pills before I can leave the pharmacy with them. Gotta love Target!!

caragypsy 2008-12-11 13:14:56 -0600 Report

My caregiver is very careful with my Meds. And if I think some thing mite not be right she go's over it what me. Cara

Lanore 2008-12-11 12:45:43 -0600 Report

Hi I always check mine…very important thing too do. You just never know these days. Lanore ;-)

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-11 12:45:18 -0600 Report

Another thought - it is also important to check what's being given while you're in the hospital. Mistakes are made there too, unfortunately. If you are not well enough or aware enough to question what you're being given and why, then try to have someone staying with you to do that for you.

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