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What happens if you take the wrong medicine due to medical error?

The administration of modern medicine often involves prescribing medication that can help a patient manage their symptoms. There are effective drugs on the market for everything from hyperactive bladders to chronic nerve pain, and these drugs can extend someone's life expectancy or drastically improve their quality of life.

Taking the right medication can resolve your symptoms or even address the medical condition that caused them in the first place. Unfortunately, the same medicines that can be incredibly beneficial in certain circumstances can be harmful in others.

Specifically, when an individual takes a medication that was not prescribed to them, there could be numerous medical consequences as a result. It is, unfortunately, all too common for medication errors to happen. They occur in hospitals and nursing homes when staff members mix up medications among patients or in pharmacies when a technician dispenses the wrong medication.

You can have negative reactions to many medicines

Pharmaceutical drugs can provoke a host of different responses in the human body. Depending on your current medical state, some of those reactions may be negative for your health. The reactions you have to medication will vary depending on your health, the other medications you take and any allergies you may have.

You can be allergic to a medication, which can result in dangerous and even life-threatening symptoms after you take a medication. Sometimes, the response is an obvious allergic reaction. Other times, testing may be necessary to determine an adverse reaction. Doctors may need to monitor your response to a drug to ensure it's safe, and they can't do that if they don't know you've taken it.

Other times, a medication can have an interaction with another medicine you take. Synergistic effects occur when two drugs amplify one another's impact on the human body. Drugs can also interact to produce different impacts or side effects than either drug does alone. It is also possible for one medication to reduce or negate the impact of another.

Missing a dose of your needed medication can prove dangerous

Taking prescriptions on time and in the proper amount is critical to the success of the treatment. Certain medications need to accumulate in your bloodstream before they have the desired effect on your body. Other medications cause a battle of dependency that results in unpleasant or dangerous symptoms if you do not continue taking the medication.

When the pharmacist gives you the wrong pills or someone in the hospital administers the wrong medication, not only will you ingest a drug that you shouldn't take, but you also missed the dose of the medication you were supposed to take at that time. For some kinds of medications, even a single missed dose can reduce the overall efficacy of the drug.

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