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What to know about drug recall

When you are prescribed a drug, you hope that it will be safe and that it will successfully treat your ailment. It can be scary if you hear that the drug is recalled. Here are some thing to keep in mind.

First, it is always best to be safe rather than sorry. If an over-the counter drug that you're taking gets recalled, stop taking it. Of course, you should also immediately get in contact with your medical providers, who may have a safe alternative drug that they recommend in place of the one that was recalled. Be sure to be in contact with them as soon as you stop taking the recalled drug, so they can help you to make sure that your ongoing treatment issues are addressed.

With that addressed, don't panic. The recall may have been for minor issues, or perhaps only one small batch of the drug was affected. Educating yourself is key to protecting yourself, so you should find out all you can about why the drug was recalled.

Still, it is always a good idea to have a check up and see if you are experiencing any ill effects from the drug that you were taking. If you were one of the people who got the bad batch of the recalled drug, your doctor should be told right away so he or she can see if you have any problems because of it.

Even if you don't hear about a recall, it is best to not taking medication that seem wrong to you. When in doubt, throw it out! That applies to bad smells, apparent contamination, or possible tampering of any kind. If you keep these things in mind, you will go a long way toward protecting your health.

Source: WebMD, "What Is a Drug Recall? What to Do if a Drug You're Taking Is Recalled," accessed June. 01, 2015

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