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How can I protect myself from a medication error?

If you know that you will have to undergo a medical procedure that requires you to stay in the hospital, in Louisiana, you will understandably be concerned. Your concerns are likely to involve more than just the procedure you are going in the hospital for but also the potential that some type of error might be made on the part of a doctor, nurse or other health care provider. Medical mistakes do happen and many of them involve medications. 

Potential uses and abuses of ketamine

Any drug has the potential to become dangerous if not used correctly. The addiction epidemic currently sweeping the United States, including Louisiana, stems in part from doctors overprescribing medications and/or patients not following their doctor's instructions. However, addiction is only one possible consequence of the misuse of medication. If you have certain medical conditions, a particular drug may have contraindications for you, meaning that even if other people benefit from taking the drug, your doctor should not prescribe it to you because it may do you more harm than good. 

Paramedics allegedly force patient into drug trial

Informed consent is a cornerstone of health care everywhere, including Louisiana. Patients have a right to know what doctors, nurses and paramedics intend to do, what effects it may have on patients' bodies and to have the opportunity to accept or decline the treatment. The same holds true for drug trials, as pharmaceuticals can have serious safety concerns associated with them and patients with certain medical conditions may even have contraindications to the medical treatment. 

The scourge of drunk driving

According to MADD, repeat offenders make up about a third of the people whom police arrest or courts convict for DUI. We believe that our courts in Louisiana need to do better in order to keep our roads safe. That is why, at McGlynn Glisson & Mouton, we work tirelessly to help our clients hold other drivers and their insurance companies responsible.

Are expired medications dangerous?

All drugs, whether they’re over-the-counter or prescribed by a doctor, have expiration dates. Many people question whether drugs that have expired are still as effective or if they pose a threat when taken. The following information sheds some light on the thinking behind drug expiration dates, so you can make an informed decision on your health and well-being.

Can prescription drugs make you depressed?

After taking your prescription medication for a while, you might start to feel depressed. If you cannot discern any other apparent cause for your change in mood, you should consider your medicine as a possible culprit. Sometimes prescription drugs can alter a person’s mood, and if you were not expecting this to happen, you should consult with your Louisiana physician as soon as possible.

What is an open container law?

If you recognize that one of your friends is too drunk to ride on a Louisiana road, you may decide to step in as a designated driver. However, if your friend is carrying an open can of beer with him as he enters the vehicle, you might have a problem. While you are legally able to drive since you are not drunk, the mere fact that your friend possesses an open can of beer in the vehicle could still invite trouble from the law.

What treatments are available for alcohol abuse?

Receiving a drunk driving charge in Louisiana will have very serious consequences. Along with legal concerns, you must also consider whether a problem with alcohol led to your charges, which is a factor for many people caught drunk driving. If you’re concerned that you have an issue with substance abuse, WebMD offers the following information on treatment options.

How a car crash can impact the relationship with your insurer

You may have had the same motor vehicle insurance policy for years or even decades. Most people tend not to reconsider their policies unless something major happens that requires them to. Liability insurance for your vehicle helps keep you safe on the road and reduces the potential for a financial catastrophe as a result of a motor vehicle collision.

Be aware of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Many safety awareness topics are introduced when the timing is most relevant. At the law offices of McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton, we know this is especially true when it comes to numerous types of motor vehicle accidents. You and other Louisiana residents may be planning to travel over Thanksgiving and during the upcoming holiday season, which is a prime time for drowsy driving accidents.

How can an expired drug be harmful?

You place a great deal of trust in your doctor and pharmacist when you are prescribed a medication, especially one that can cure an infection or treat a life-threatening medical condition. Unfortunately, there are ways your trust might be misplaced. You could be prescribed the wrong dosage amount or given a medication with a similar name that would have devastating consequences if you took it. You and other Louisiana residents might not realize that an expired medication could also adversely affect your health.

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