Bengt Bostrom, 71, organizes his medications on July 3 at his home in Coppell. Bostrom suffered from a bleeding ulcer after being treated for exhaustion without internist Dr. Bradley Jones knowing Bostrom was already being treated for prostate cancer, and a specialist had prescribed naproxen to help reduce swelling. If Jones had known that, he’d have added a medicine to protect Bostrom’s stomach.
- Tips for monitoring prescriptions
Compile a personal medication dossier, keep it up to date, and show it to all doctors and health care professionals you see on every visit.
If you don’t know why you’re taking medications on the list or are not sure how to take them, ask.
If you’re taking more than one medication for the same condition, ask why.
If you are taking medications prescribed by doctors you don’t see on a regular basis, ask your primary care physician whether you still need to take them.
Source: “Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?” by Armon B. Neel Jr. and Bill Hogan
Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012 4:30 am
DALLAS — A failure of communication proved to be life-threatening for Bengt Bostrom.
Bostrom, 71, of Coppell, went to his internist, Dr. Bradley Jones, to figure out why he was so exhausted. Bostrom was already being treated for prostate cancer, and a specialist had prescribed naproxen to help reduce swelling.
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