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Can the wrong dosage cause significant harm to a patient?

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Medical Malpractice |

Medications are powerful tools for treating and managing various health conditions. But just like any tool, using the wrong amount can have grave consequences. Taking too much or too little medication may cause considerable harm.

The dangers of incorrect dosage

An incorrect dosage can lead to a variety of negative effects. Taking too much medication might cause an overdose. This can lead to side effects ranging from nausea and vomiting to potential organ damage and even death. Meanwhile, taking too little medication may render the treatment ineffective. Your condition might not improve or could even worsen.

In New Mexico, healthcare providers such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists have the legal duty to prescribe and dispense medications accurately. This includes ensuring the dosage is appropriate for every individual’s need and condition.

What to do if you experience negative side effects?

If you experience negative effects after medication, it is important to speak up.

  • Talk to your doctor: You should contact your doctor immediately. Inform them about the side effects and the dosage that you are taking. They can assess you situation and adjust the medication or dosage if necessary.
  • Report the error: If you believe you received the wrong dosage due to a mistake, you can file a complaint with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy. They investigate medication errors and take appropriate action to ensure the patient’s safety.
  • Keep a record: Take note of your medication, dosages and other side effects. This is valuable information for your doctor and can help identify the issue.

Healthcare providers must exercise extreme diligence when prescribing and administering medications to minimize the risks associated with incorrect dosages and safeguard patient well-being.

Even the slightest deviation can lead to severe repercussions. Patients, too, should remain vigilant, adhering strictly to dosage instructions and promptly reporting any adverse effects.