Overmedication

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Prescription medications must be given to patients with extreme care. While too little medication can be a problem, too much medication could result in serious injury or even death. If an elderly patient is given excessive amounts of a prescriptions or takes unnecessary prescriptions, this is considered overmedication. Likewise, if they are given too much medication on purpose, this is a type of elder abuse. If overdosing is accidental, it is considered neglect.

If your loved one was harmed by overmedication, don’t hesitate to speak to our skilled Greenville nursing home abuse & neglect attorneys. We are dedicated to helping the victims of negligence, carelessness, or abuse seek compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering. If a loved one was killed by overmedication, we can also help you file a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the responsible party accountable.

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Intentional vs. Unintentional Overmedication

Nursing homes guilty of overmedications should be examined for intent. Intentional overmedication is usually done with the purpose of making a patient easier to control, which is often referred to as chemical restraint. Antipsychotics and sedatives are drugs that can calm a patient down or make someone more likely to comply with directions given by facility staff, caregivers, or family members. In some cases, nursing homes will distribute these drugs without a proper prescription.

Unintentional overmedication is usually indicative of understaffing. Elderly patients often have many different prescriptions they must take, and staff members who are overworked and tired might have problems distributing the correct amounts or even the correct type of medication.

Warning Signs

If your loved one is exhibiting certain symptoms, they might be getting more medication than is healthy. Behavioral changes, especially lethargy and confusion, could be the first indications someone is being overmedicated. A patient might also become reclusive, sleep for longer periods of time, or develop unexplained medical conditions.

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