When she compared the label to the prescription, she realized that the doctor had actually ordered Vicodin to be taken every 6 hours. The doctor's penmanship was poor, and the pharmacist on duty earlier in the day had misread the doctor's instructions. Be sure to talk with your pharmacist when you pick up any prescription. This allows an additional opportunity to uncover a mistake that may have occurred when filling your prescription. It also allows you an opportunity to ask questions about your medicine and to make sure you understand the directions for taking it. Your pharmacist is a helpful source of information and can give valuable advice about prescriptions, herbals, and over-the-counter medicines.
While speaking with a consumer about a new prescription, a pharmacist noticed that a mistake had been made when interpreting the doctor's directions for taking the medicine. The patient's doctor had written a new prescription for Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) to treat pain.