Common Medication Mistakes to Avoid

A person using medication from a compounding pharmacy
Common Medication Mistakes to Avoid

More and more people are making medication mistakes and if you have taken the wrong dose of a prescription medication or stored your pills in the wrong place, you are not alone. These mistakes might not seem a big deal, but as per many pieces of research, these mistakes can result in serious problems and even death in some cases. Therefore, make sure to avoid the following mistakes while taking medications.

 

Not Checking The Labels 

As per the statistics, about 2% of prescription medicines are not dispensed correctly. This means that you can get the wrong medicine in the wrong dose and form. Therefore, you need to read the label at the pharmacy counter and ensure that it is the medicine that your doctor prescribed. In case of a refill, open the container and make sure that the pills match the ones that you have been taking.

 

Having Medicines At The Wrong Time 

There is a reason for medicines to be instructed to be taken in the morning or at bedtime and you need to stick with the timing. Timing can have a big role in the effectiveness of a medication. For instance, your physician may have asked you to have blood pressure medication in the morning. This might be because taking the medication at night can make your blood pressure drop too low.

 

Ignoring Instruction To Take Medicines With Or Without Food 

A few medicines come with strict warnings that they must be consumed without food. This is because food can block the absorption of these medicines thereby making them less effective. Thyroid medication is an example of this. But there are other medicines like OTC pain killers and antibiotics that should be taken with food. Having these medications on an empty stomach can affect the mucus lining of the stomach over time, leading to bleeding and pain. Eating before having the medication can ensure that your stomach is protected and will help avoid irritation.

 

Taking More Pain Relievers 

One out of five people takes more than the recommended dose of NSAIDs like naproxen and ibuprofen. In addition, about 25% of people take two or more NSAIDs at a time, which can result in damage to kidneys or liver or may result in internal bleeding. Therefore, you need to stick to doses on the medication label. When administering medicines to children, you need to base the dose on their weight and not age.