Better Safe than Sorry

Are you allergic to ANYTHING? Nuts? Sulphur drugs? What about Penicillin?

You wouldn’t dream of eating in a restaurant without asking the waitress what is in the chef’s special sauce, so why would you take a prescription from the pharmacy without question? You know where you “sign in” at the pharmacy – you are really signing that you understand the medication you have picked up and don’t have any questions. WELL WAIT – if you have an allergy, you should ASK QUESTIONS. Even if you don’t have any known allergies, you should ask questions.

Ask what the drug is made of

Ask if it is related to your known allergies

Ask if it could react with any other medications you are taken

Ask if you should take on a full or empty stomach

If you do have allergies, notify your pharamcy. IT IS VERY POSSIBLE that someone could prescribe a medication for you, even though they know you are allergic. The Phramacy is a second line of defense and must keep records of these known allergies.

You notify both your physician and your pharmacist, you are still not done.

Go home and hop on the internet – search for information on the medication. It couldn’t hurt, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.