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Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?

Learn whether you or your family member has been harmed by a medication

Prescriptions deaths

Every year pharmaceutical companies develop and manufacture hundreds of new drugs. Often, these medications are rushed to market without proper testing, even though they've been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In fact, almost every unsafe drug that is dangerous and harms consumers was approved by the FDA. These drug companies then spend millions of advertising dollars trying to convince us that these new "wonder drugs" can cure anything. But what happens when these drugs kill people instead of curing them? What can you do to help protect yourself from a potentially dangerous drug?

Read, Read, and Then Read Some More

How many times have you gotten a prescription or over-the-counter medication and thrown away the pamphlet or drug information that accompanies it? Instead of throwing that out, you should read it; every word of it, especially the warning and side effect sections.

Once you've read it, if you have any questions or concerns you should contact your doctor and get answers to your questions. Don't settle for the answer "You'll be fine. Just take them." This is NOT answering your question. Push harder until you get a satisfactory answer.

Talk to Your Doctor

Doctors make mistakes and are not perfect. Too often we put too much trust in our physicians and don't question their judgment and don't ask enough questions about our medications. When your doctor prescribes a new or different medication, ask them about the potential side effects. Ask them how this medication will interact with other medications, including vitamins, herbal supplements, or other drugs you may be taking.

If you get your prescriptions filled at the same drug store, they should have a record of the drugs you're taking. When you pick up your prescriptions ask to speak to the pharmacist and ask them if this drug will interfere or cause a bad interaction with your other medications. Oftentimes, the pharmacist is more in tune to potential and lethal drug interactions than your own physician.

Over-The-Counter Medications

Did you know that some over-the-counter medications can cause serious illness and death? Drugs that are as common as Tylenol(acetaminophen), Advil (Ibuprofen), and ReNu (a contact lens solution), have all had recalls due to a toxic effect on some patients.

As consumers we assume, and not always correctly, that if our doctor recommends it, or it is for sale over-the-counter that a medication is safe. This is not always the case.

Read labels, read the literature and especially the warnings that come with any medication, even your aspirin. If you're not sure whether you should take an over-the-counter medication once you've read the warnings, call your doctor and get the answer you need.

Conclusion

Because doctors and pharmaceutical companies make mistakes, it's important to be your own advocate and take control of your health and medical treatment. Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions until you are satisfied with the answers.

If you or a member of your family have been injured or killed due to a medication, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the drug manufacturer, doctor that prescribed the medication, and other parties. You should seek the advice of a qualified wrongful death attorney at a well respected law firm. Be sure your law firm has extensive background and a solid reputation for handling cases specifically involving dangerous drugs.

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