Many people take prescription medication every day. Errors can be made by healthcare professionals prescribing the medication or by pharmacies or chemists themselves. The result of a prescription error can range from minor symptoms to, in rare cases, death.
There are many different ways in which prescription errors can occur. Medication may be prescribed for too long a time period. Some medication has harmful side effects if taken for too long. This may happen if a patient is allowed to renew prescriptions without a full examination and review by a doctor.
Another way is where an incorrect dose of medication is prescribed; this can be at GP or hospital doctor / consultant level. This may cause an overdose of medication which can have very serious consequences. Not taking enough medication can result in lengthy illnesses and infections and, sometimes, permanent damage.
You may have an allergy to a particular type of medication that your doctor is or ought to be aware of but prescribes it by mistake anyway. You may be prescribed medication which contains something you are allergic to. For example you may receive amoxicillin, when you are allergic to penicillin.
You may be prescribed two or more medications that should not be taken together.
The results of prescription errors can range from psychological, with worries and concerns about the error with no physical symptoms, to minor physical symptoms such as headaches, to serious physical symptoms such as breathing difficulties, cardiac arrest and long term psychiatric problems.
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