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Are doctors to blame for drug interactions?

| Jul 24, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

Drug interactions can be hazardous to your health and even result in your death. It’s a doctor’s responsibility to take a complete and thorough medical history to avoid you taking a potentially deadly combination of drugs.

Individual drugs by themselves may be relatively harmless to you. Taking more than one prescription drug prescribed to you by multiple doctors can be dangerous, though. If your physician fails to ask about all the prescription medications that you are taking or are allergic to, this can have a tragic result.

Interactions don’t necessarily have to be life-threatening. The combination of two mismatched prescription medications can merely make one of the drugs that you’re taking less effective than it otherwise would have been had you taken it by itself. You may have to potentially change the doses that you’re taking to counteract the drug interactions or to boost its effectiveness.

Drugs work differently depending on the person. You may have a preexisting condition that may impact a drug’s effectiveness and whether it will be harmful to you. You may consume a particular food or drink that may interact with or inhibit how well a drug works.

Side effects can occur depending on the drugs or combination thereof that you take. Sometimes over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals or herbs you consume may have unintended negative consequences when used in conjunction with certain drugs.

You may be entitled to monetary compensation if you’ve suffered adverse side effects from taking certain drugs prescribed by your doctor. An attorney can advise you whether your case warrants you filing a negligence lawsuit against your Augusta physician. Your lawyer can also let you know what outcome you can expect in your Georgia case.