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Drug Interaction Errors

Doctors Need to Know Which Drugs Interact Dangerously

Drugs can treat illnesses because they chemically react with substances that are already present inside our bodies. If multiple drugs are present, they may amplify each other's effects, they may completely cancel each other out or they may create a completely unexpected effect.

If a doctor prescribes a drug and doesn't fully understand how it will interact with drugs the patient is already taking, then that doctor is putting the patient's life at risk. This can constitute medical negligence or medical malpractice, and our society does not tolerate it. Every year, dangerous drug interactions cause severe personal injuries and wrongful death to thousands of individuals nationwide.

For more than 30 years, the attorneys of Watson & Carroll PC LLO have helped individuals recover compensation for serious medical injuries and wrongful death claims. Our law office provides experienced, focused and personal representation. To tell your story, please call 402-991-2100 or contact us online today.

Different Ways Drugs Can Interact

It may not be difficult to predict how two drugs might react together in the human body. But many individuals have numerous prescriptions. It is extremely complex to predict how three, four, five or more drugs might react. However, there are only three main types of drug interactions:

  • The Additive Effect: When the addition of one drug makes the other drug significantly more powerful. This can effectively cause an overdose.
  • The Antagonistic Effect: When two drugs cancel each other out. This can completely negate the drugs' intended purpose.
  • The Synergistic Effect: When two drugs interact to create a completely unpredictable effect. Often a reaction can form an entirely different chemical.

Your doctor should be able to recognize when your medications will interact dangerously. In all cases, the local pharmacy should act as the final "gatekeeper" to ensure that patients don't receive dangerous combinations of drugs.

Our law firm will examine the details of your case to find out if the doctor's or pharmacist's behavior truly constitutes medical malpractice. Our goal is to help our clients recover the compensation they need, and to help society hold doctors accountable for dangerous medical negligence and malpractice.

If you or a loved one suffered serious harm because of dangerous drug interactions, call us to tell us your story today by calling 402-991-2100 or by contacting our office online.

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