The names of more than 1,400 drugs are frighteningly similar to those of others ,creating potentially troubling confusion, according to a study done recently by the United States Pharmacopeia(USP), a scientific organization. Here are four ways to avoid this simple mistake, plus several common drug sound- alikes all of which have been dispensed incorrectly and actually harmed patients.
1. Copy down the drug name and dosage on a seperate piece of paper and read it back to DR. to confirm.
2.Confirm a generic's brand -name equivalent and indication with your pharmacist after receiving your meds.many prescriptions are filled with generics , meaning the drug name on on a bottle label could be different.from the one your physician prescribed.
3. Verify the medication's "indication for use " ( the symptoms it treats ) on the information sheet most pharmacies include with medications.
4. Still unsure? Search for your drug by name online in
(nim.nih.gov)the government's Medline Plus Database, and call your doctor before taking the first pill if you still have doubts.
Common Rx Doundalikes
ACTOS- for Type @ diabetes—Actonel-for osteoporosis
Celebrex- for Arthritis, Celex- for depression
Prilosec- for acid reflux, Prozac- for depression
HESpan-to thicken blood, Heparin- to thin blood,
Metformin- for type2 diabetes, Metroniazole- an antibiotic,Sulfasalazine-for yulcerative colitis, Sulfadiazine- an antibiotic.
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