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How should I handle an adverse effect to medication?

On behalf of Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates posted in medical malpractice on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Many people have allergies to medications. However, not every adverse effect is an allergy. In some cases, it could be a side effect that has not been seen before. Regardless, understanding the unintended effects of medication on patients is very important for health care providers and pharmaceutical companies. This is why it is essential that you understand how to handle a situation where you experience an adverse effect to medication in Louisiana.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists notes how you handle a side effect is important to your health. Some of them can be quite severe and, even though it is rare, fatal. At the first sign that something is not right, you should contact the health care provider who prescribed the medication. He or she can help to manage the side effect and ensure your health is not at risk.

In addition, your health care provider can ensure the side effect is properly reported. The Food and Drug Administration goes to great lengths to monitor the medication used by the public. It stays in contact with medical providers and pharmacists to ensure all side effects are documented and known.

For most medications, there is an education sheet that should come with it. This sheet explains about possible side effects and often will explain what to do when experiencing them. Some side effects are very common and minor, so you will not need to take action. However, you may experince an effect not on the sheet, and that is when it is essential to contact your doctor about it. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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