This is a bit off-topic, but it’s an important subject. We all know that if we are sick enough to need an antibiotic, we must finish the bottle or the harmful bacteria may return. I am without power thanks to Sandy and managed to catch a very sore throat. A doctor prescribed clarithromycin telling me to take two pills a day for ten days and reminding me to finish the bottle even if I feel better sooner. I picked up the prescription and noticed that the container said quantity 20. As I took my first pill I thought to myself, “These pills are quite big. I can’t believe that this small container holds 20 pills.” So I dumped the pills out and counted. There were 14 pills.
This is not the first time this happened to me. When my children were younger, I remember one time our pediatrician prescribed an antibiotic. I counted the pills and noticed that there were not nearly as many as were prescribed. When I called the drug store, the pharmacist said that he didn’t have enough of the pills so he gave me what he had. That would have been fine if he had alerted me to this and told me to come back in a few days for the rest. But that didn’t happen. If I hadn’t counted, my child might have had a recurrence of the illness. I never went back to that drug store.
I suspect that this time it was an honest mistake. Perhaps 14 pills is a common prescription. But that’s no help to me if I need to take 20 pills. I’m certainly glad that I counted and didn’t just finish the bottle thinking I had followed my doctor’s orders. I encourage you to do the same and always count your pills.
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