Prescribing the wrong drug to a patient can be dangerous to his or her
health. For instance, giving an antidepressant to a teen can be a danger
because of a higher indication of tendencies toward suicidal thought processes.
When you’re being prescribed a medication, there are sometimes contraindications.
Your age, gender, or other medications you take can affect how a drug
works in the body. You rely on your physician to know if a drug is safe
for you, because if a mistake is made, it could affect your body or mind.
Here’s a good example with the use of antidepressants. According
to the Food and Drug Administration, these drugs are used to treat mental
illnesses including anxiety and depression. However, antidepressant medications
are known to increase the risk of suicidal thoughts in children, teens,
and some young adults, particularly during the first few months of treatment.
Medical professionals that feel it’s appropriate to prescribe these
medications need to be clear about the potential for this side effect.
In some cases, treating the patient may outweigh the risks, but in that
case, monitoring the patient is vital. A physician who simply prescribes
a medication and turns a blind eye to a patient won’t notice the
mental changes that could indicate that suicidal thoughts or other side
effects are taking place.
Health care providers issuing medications that are contraindicated need
to make sure patients and their families are well informed. If you’ve
suffered because you didn’t know to look for the side effects of
a medication, you could be considered a victim of medical negligence.