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What should I ask my doctor when being given a prescription?

When a doctor prescribes a medication, we typically assume that he or she has good reason to believe it will help alleviate the symptoms of an illness or condition. This choice of medication, as well as the dosage, is often based on a number factors, which means a doctor must be careful and thorough when making a diagnosis. If a patient is prescribed the wrong medication, he or she could suffer severe or even fatal side effects.

But as a patient, there are some things you can do during a doctor's visit to help better ensure that you not only get the right prescription, but that you understand how to use the medication safely.

If the doctor prescribes a medication, have him or her explain the information contained in the written prescription, including the drug's name and the proper dosage. Also, request the medication's purpose be written on the prescription. This description can help the pharmacist make sure that you receive the correct medication in case the prescription is difficult to read. And once the pharmacist fills your prescription, do a careful double-check of the label to make sure everything is correct.

Typically, if your doctor is careful, you will receive the medication you need, but mistakes can happen. If you or a family member has suffered harm due to a medication error, you should not have to suffer a severe financial setback as well. Treatment for the injury caused by the medication could be extremely costly. But it can be very difficult to get medical professionals and their insurance companies to offer fair settlements.

A Montana medical malpractice attorney may be able to represent your interests. Knowing that you have experienced legal representation may inspire an insurance company to offer you appropriate compensation promptly and without resistance.

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