When you visit your doctor for a health concern, you expect him or her to be thorough and cautious when it comes to protecting your well-being. But doctors are often pressed for time, and they frequently have many patients to see in a short timeframe.
It’s important to remember that you are your own best health advocate. And while your doctor plays a role in helping you get better, much of the power remains in your hands. That’s why it’s vital to be an active participant in your healthcare and to ask the right questions.
At Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel, we know that doctors almost always have their patients’ best interests in mind, but they don’t always have the luxury of making sure each patient has all the information they need in a single visit—especially when they prescribe them new medications.
If you were recently prescribed a new drug, asking the following questions can protect your health:
- What are the side effects or known risks? All medications cause side effects, and some cause more adverse effects than others. Knowing the risks associated with your medication can help you decide whether it’s right for you.
- Will the medication interact with your other prescriptions? Medication interactions are a significant risk factor for patients. Your doctor may not know all the medications or supplements you’re taking, so be sure to mention them before you leave your appointment.
Unfortunately, some patients suffer injuries or illnesses even after taking precautions. If you or someone you love were harmed by a medication, our drug injury lawyers are here to help. Call today for a free consultation.