Medication errors are a serious issue within the medical field. They may occur at any point from prescribing the medication to use of the drug at home. While you can control your use and ensure that you are taking the correct medication at the right times and in the proper dosage, you have to be a bit more vigilant to ensure problems do not occur elsewhere in the process before you even get the medication back to your Indiana home.

You need to make sure that you stay on top of things when dealing with your doctor and the pharmacy. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality explains that medication errors can begin when you first see your doctor. You need to provide your doctor with a complete list of everything you take. That includes supplements or anything over-the-counter. Do not forget to mention your prescriptions, as well. Sometimes, medical records are not complete, so your doctor may not know about a prescription drug you take. If it helps, you can bring all your medications with you.

Also, make sure your doctor knows about your allergies. He or she should ask you every time about them, but if not, make sure to state any allergies you have clearly.

Once he or she gives you the prescription, read over it. Make sure it makes sense to you. If you do not understand something, then ask for clarification. You can even ask to have the directions written down for you about when and how to take the medication.

At the pharmacy, double-check the prescription once the pharmacist fills it. Make sure the label matches what the doctor told you. Ask questions about any differences.

You have to be your own advocate when it comes to preventing medication errors. This information is for education and is not legal advice.