Mediation mistakes to avoid
It’s not uncommon to make a mistake when you take your medication. This is especially true if you take more than one medication and also have several health conditions. An incorrect dose, the wrong drug, or misunderstanding the prescription label can contribute to medication mistakes at home.
Although you may shrug this off as a mishap, medication errors can actually injure people and land them in the emergency room. (Here is another common habit that may land you in the emergency room.)
Not understanding medication dangers
The number of home medication errors that resulted in calls to Poison Control doubled over a 13-year study period, according to a 2017 study in Clinical Toxicology, and that’s only the mistakes that were phoned in. Luckily, most of those mistakes weren’t life-threatening, but they can be: One-third of the medication errors in the study resulted in hospitalization. The first step to avoiding these mistakes is awareness of how serious they can be. And know the over-the-counter (OTC) medications you’re using all wrong.