Are You Taking Your Medications Correctly?

Do you take any medications for your health or pain management? How many pills are you taking per day? Are you using them correctly? Are you taking them at the right time? Do you know what your medications are treating, or do you take them simply because you were told too?

A recent article published in The Journal of Toxicology reported that the rate of “at home medication errors” is on an alarming rise. The study covered a 13 year span from 2000 to 2012, only tracking incidences which occurred in people’s homes. These incidences resulted in life-threatening hospitalization and even death. Between 2000 and 2013 these errors increased by 100%, with an average rate of 1.73 per 100,000 people.

The article reports that, “the common types of medication errors included incorrect dose, taking or administering the wrong medication, and inadvertently taking the medication twice. The medication categories most frequently associated with serious outcomes were cardiovascular drugs (20.6%) (primarily beta blockers, calcium antagonists, and clonidine), analgesics (12.0%) (most often opioids and acetaminophen, alone and combination products), and hormones/hormone antagonists (11.0%) (in particular, insulin, and sulfonylurea).”

If you have any questions or concerns about how you are taking your medications, please contact your primary doctor for further clarification.

For more information see the full article at: http://www.tandfonline.com/…/…/10.1080/15563650.2017.1337908

Or visit the National Public Radio (NPR) website at: http://www.npr.org/…/took-the-wrong-medicine-by-mistake-stu…