The majority of times, when we feel ill, we are quick to visit our doctor or health professional to help make us feel better. More often than not, this works and we quickly recover from whatever ails us. However, in a small percentage of visits to the doctor or health professionals, we may be given or prescribed the wrong medication or wrong dosage of the correct medication.
This may not seem like a massive issue at first, however, the majority of medication will have significant side-effects or you may have certain allergies that can seriously impair your health. In this article, we will discuss how to deal with wrongful medicament treatment, should you or a loved one ever find yourself in this unfortunate position.
As soon as you realize that you are taking the wrong medication, or taking the wrong dosage, you must stop immediately. As mentioned above, most medications will have many side effects, some of which are quite severe, and taking the medication without reason can have adverse effects on your health.
After you realize that you are taking the wrong medication, you should, if you can, read the pamphlet that comes with it, paying specific attention to the side-effects. This will give you a list of what side effects the medication may cause, which ones are mild and which ones are of a serious nature that requires urgent medical attention. If you are suffering from severe side-effects, do not wait to feel better and call an ambulance at your earliest opportunity. Only the doctors will be able to help your body flush out the medication and support you reverse the side effects on your body.
If you realize you have been prescribed the wrong medication, but are not suffering from severe side effects, you must consult with your doctor at your convenience. Understandably, you may now lack trust in your doctor or health professional, but this issue must be discussed and resolved to prevent worsened side-effects as discussed earlier.
You may think this option appears somewhat extreme – however, being prescribed or administered the wrongful medication can cause serious harm to your health and in severe cases even cause death. A doctor or health professional failing to prescribe the correct medication or dosage is medical negligence and you may be entitled to compensation to support you overcome these issues. Not only your physical health may be seriously affected, but your mental health might also too, after dealing with potentially severe symptoms. Additionally, you may be required to take time off work to focus on your recovery, which could take time. There are many expert lawyers available that can support you in this area and here’s a great place to get started that can guide you through the legalities and complexities of medical negligence claims. Having an attorney will be the best support to make this overwhelming process slightly easier.
Taking the wrongful medication does not happen often, however, when it does, it can have very damaging effects on your health and your overall life. Always ensure you read the medication before you take it to ensure you have been given the correct treatment and when in doubt, consult with your doctor.