Sometimes medication is exactly what you need to make you feel better, but other times, your doctor may prescribe you medication that does not help anything and could possibly harm you. Overprescribing is a serious issue. You should always stay on top of medications your doctor in California gives you. Do not be afraid to ask if your doctor is prescribing too much medication.
According to CNBC, doctors often prescribe unneeded medications because they do not want to see their patients suffer. They think they are helping when they are really just hurting their patient. At the same time, some doctors prescribe because they feel it is the easiest solution to your issue and because they do not have the time to actually listen and investigate your issue. They may prescribe because it is easier than explaining to you why you do not need medication. Medication often becomes a band-aid, which is terrible medical care.
To determine if your doctor is overprescribing, you have to be proactive. Pay attention to signs like pharmaceutical sales representatives always in the office or a lot of branded items in the office. Make sure to question every prescription and make your doctor explain why you need it and how it helps you. Any time your doctor gives you medication, make sure he or she explains it completely, including side effects. You also should always inquire about alternatives to medications your doctor prescribes.
Staying on top of your own medical care is the best way to prevent your doctor giving you too much medication. This information is for education and is not legal advice.