What if my doctor prescribed me something I am potentially allergic to?
I saw the doctor earlier today and he prescribed me Duricef (a cephalosporin antibiotic). I have had two severe (one "on my deathbed") allergic spontaneous effect to penicillin (including the Keflex family) and was also told that I should stay away from cephalosporins. Today, on the initial form asking what types of allergies I have, I listed penicillin. I told the nurse AND the doctor when they asked on my allergies. He prescribed me two medication (for a pesky bee sting that it still bothering me 9 days later!). Now, since nearly dying the last time, I ALWAYS ALWAYS research the medications prescribed to me since filling them. I was shocked to discover that he prescribed me a type of medicine i.e. directly related and is in fact warn to not be taken by people who have had severe reaction to penicillin/cephalosporin. How do I handle this? I know I can question him about it... but is that nice of oversight reasonable? What if I hadn't read up on the type of medication he gave me?
Well I'm no lawyer or anything, but if you have taken the medicine and gotten very ill from it, you could confidently file a lawsuit against the prescribing doctor. Especially since he was adequately informed around your potentially lethal allergy to certain meds.
your best bet is to talk to the pharmacist. they are the ultimate authority on medication. Doctors don't always realize what they prescribe. talk to the pharmacist and then enjoy him talk to your doctor so that he can write a new prescription.
And a lawsuit maybe possible, your highly lucky that you research your medications. I'm not sure who you would lodge a complaint with the AMA or hos[ital administrator. Sorry but idk.
Do you see a regular Doctor and pharmacist, if you do make sure they hold complete list of drugs your allergic to?
Most doctors these days have long-suffering records on the computer, medical details, including drug allergies etc, and when the doctor writes a prescription, it should come up with a warning axiom that the drug they are prescribing has an ingredient in it your allergic to, so they can write up another drug.
The pharmacist may also have similar system, where on earth your details are kept, and every time you come in with a script, it will also come up with a restraining.
Sadly it is not enough to say you have an allergy, as doctors will interview you, with dumb questions like "how do you know your allergic to it?", (I'm similar to duh, I can't breath and puff up like a puffer fish) having a Medic Alert medallion and wallet card, which you give to the doctor, and receptionist to ensure they put it into the system, every time you walk in may help, in getting the message across to them.
Certainly cross-question them, and ask that they check the ingredient list, and if the get snooty with you, recount them your paying for the consultation, and I have a right to ensure your not going to give me the WRONG medication. Source(s): I am deadly allergic to some medication too, penicillin, aspirin etc. I have regular doctor and pharmacist, both of whom have a list of drug allergies, so if by some accident a doctor has given me a script for a medication that could be potentially harmful, the pharmacist will not dispense it, and will ring the doctor.
I now hold Medic Alert bracelet and a card which I give to any doctor other than my regular doctor, because twice in the end year I have been prescribed medication that I was allergic to, I be so unwell, that I did not question it, my husband told the doctor I was allergic to penicillin, and was still given a penicillin base drug, thankfully the pharmacist realized, and promptly rang the doctor. My regular doctor be furious, needless to say we have not be back to the other doctor.
In our area, the pharmacy is suppose to ask you if you own any known allergies. If you go to a regular pharmacy/pharmacy chain later they have your allergies already on-line. They should also have a list of your other/reguarly taken meds so that they can recommend you if a new one has an interaction with one you are already taken. They also cause a point to speak with customers about dangerous side affects and the signs of them. Lastly, if a customer have a known condition, either in their paperwork and/or evidenced by the presciptions they are taking, the pharmacy steps up and expresses their concerns about whether it is appropriate or not. They will even refuse to fill the prescription until they speak next to the doctor/doctor's staff if they feel it is needed.
Historically, it has always be advised that you check out prescriptions and prescribed medications with the pharmacy. Historically, doctors are not other aware of bad drug interactions.
These reasons are why it is recommended that one always progress to the same pharmacy.
How can your doctor "get the wrong med"? Often they run off of a series of recommended medication. This could be a "bag of tricks" they feel are best, the AMA generally recommended course of treatment, or from a computer program that spits out recommendation. The doctor's speciality, whether a GP or specialist, is to assess, test, diagnose, and then come up with a "cure" or "fix". Their speciality is not other keeping abreast of the details of all the medications out there. Pharmacies together job is to know and understand all in attendance is to know about medications, keep abreast of the most up-to-date, know and understand drug interactions and reactions, and make sure the meds are ok for the forgiving.
You have a known issue, vested interest, and where for adjectives to research prescribed meds. Many do not have any of these, let alone all three. Had you gone to stuff your prescription, hopefully it would have been caught by the pharmacy. If not, you should have be given aa number of verbal precautions which would have alerted you to the problem at which point the pharmacy would not have given you the prescription. Else, they would enjoy verbally given you some allergy and/or adverse reaction information including the need to hope medical attention which you would have followed; ideally before almost dying.
Now you have a choice of calling the doctor first or conversation to the pharmacy about whether what you read is valid or not. Then, if speaking to the pharmacy you might see if they know of similar meds which you can/cannot take. - They are absolutely NOT allowed to prescribe or recommend medication; with the sole purpose a doctor may. - Sometimes, it is just as easy to get the pharmacy to ring the doctor. Then, if the doctor asks the pharmacy what about "...." the pharmacy can give a direct answer and/or they can engage contained by dialog to come up with a possible medication. Often doctors listen better to the pharmacy than a "difficult" patient.