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Medicine mistakes can happen in the hospital, at the pharmacy or at home. But there are a lot of ways you can help keep yourself and your family safe. For example, ask your doctor and pharmacist about the drugs you take. And make sure you get the answers you need.
Sound-alike drug names
Drug names can be confusing for patients and doctors. Atacan and Ativan sound alike but have very different uses.
Unclear handwriting on the prescription
The pharmacist may misread the name of the drug is the handwriting is unclear. This can lead to you taking too much or too little of your medicine.
Forgetting to take your medicine
Perhaps you forgot that you took your pill in the morning, so you take another one in the afternoon.
Taking the wrong medicine
This can lead to you taking too much or too littel of your medicine.
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