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You depend on your Mississippi doctor and pharmacist to help you feel your best. Recently, the medicine you take has made you feel worse rather than better, or maybe you feel the same as you did before you started taking your prescription. Were you prescribed the wrong medicine?

U.S. News & World Report breaks down what you should do if you think you may have received the wrong medication. Knowing what steps to take can keep a bad situation from spiraling out.

Check the bag

When you go to pick up your prescription, check the bottle and the label to ensure the match the medicine your doctor prescribed. Also, double-check that the name on the prescription is yours and not someone else’s.

Let your medical professionals know

Whether you feel your medication is not working or if you know for a fact you took the wrong medication, let your pharmacist and doctor know immediately. Bringing the issue to the attention of your pharmacist and doctor helps them track down where the mistake happened. Rather than throw the medication away, hold onto it in case you need it to build a legal case, especially if taking the wrong medication resulted in a personal injury.

Consider counseling

Just like you can sit down with a therapist for counseling, you can also sit with your pharmacist or doctor for medical counseling. During sessions, you can talk about how long you can expect the medication to start working, how your new prescription may interact with any others you currently take and what side effects you can anticipate.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.