Do you have the guts to question a Doctor's order?

Philippines
March 15, 2012 9:58pm CST
hello friends! well, i'm pretty bothered with my niece's situation right now... my niece is having a cough for almost a week now. she was previously checked up on by a doctor and was given an antibiotic and a anti asthma medication. the cough lessened but it was still there so my brother brought her back to the doctor and gave another brand of antibiotic, and another vial of anti asthma. now my 9 month old niece went again for a follow up and that doctor gave her another brand of anti asthma plus a fedac syrup. i googled up this fedac syrup and have read various articles that it shouldnt be given to children below 2 years of age.. what am i to do? of course, i'd forward the links to my brother... i remember accompanying sister in law to the doctor one time and the dr didnt' even weigh my niece to compute for the dosage of the medicine he was going to give to the baby. aarrrggghhh
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12 responses
• Philippines
16 Mar 12
I will and will always do. We have the right to ask the doctor whatever medication he/she is giving to us, or to our loved ones. Imagine, that's a 9 month old baby, barely talks, I mean, talks a few words and cry when feeling pain. If we, adult complains when we felt pain, this little baby can't, but just cry. So how'd we will know this doctor is giving the right med for your niece. I guess it's time to seek a second opinion from other doctors.
@sanofer (525)
• India
16 Mar 12
what you said is really correct angelee14. we have the right to ask the doctor about the medication they are giving to us. at least we can explain the nature of pain,disease etc. this nine month old baby cant explain the pain she is undergoing. so we should be careful and we should ask the doctors about the medication given to her. nothing wrong in that.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
19 Mar 12
All doctors have their experiences that vary a great deal but there are times where they might not be right. And there have been times where I have gone to two different doctors and have had two very conflicting recommendations. Which can make your head spin because one of three things has to happen. One is right, both might be right but one is slightly more right, and both don't know what they are talking about. I have a feeling the third one is one that have caused people the most headaches. Doctors are people. They have their own biases about how things are done. They are going to try to stick to the facts most of the time but let's face it, they are just merely human. We need to not be afraid to question them. Of course some doctors act like they are right and how dare a lowly patient argue any different, which makes me kind of question the ability of the doctor in question, but that is far beside the point.
• United States
17 Mar 12
most definitly. if i don't like their answer, i talk to my dad. i'm very fortunate to have a dad that can take all those medicine names and turn it into tangible information for me. when something doesn't sound or look right, definitly question it. three different medicines without proper xrays/blood work/or any other type of test to confirm what the bottom problem is can be very dangerous in a baby. if a dr doesn't sit and ask more than a few questions or tries to glide over your questions, he isn't into taking care of the patient. if still not satisfied, i'd look for another dr if possible. we'll praying for your niece to have good health.
@cripfemme (7719)
• United States
16 Mar 12
I did it yesterday. I had every side effect listed on a medicine so I called the on call, like I thought it was logical to do upon finding this out and he suggested that I need psychiatric meds. Excuse me, I've never taken psychiatric meds in my life. I have a physical disability, but that doesn't mean I'm crazy. Screw you very much! I'm still not taking this medicine regardless of his opinion and I feel much better even after missing just two doses.
@mimiang (3779)
• Philippines
16 Mar 12
Burger King - I love it.
It is always good to ask. It is your right to be informed. As a physician, I prefer that the relatives of my patients ask me what they don't understand.
@Cherish14 (2695)
• Philippines
16 Mar 12
yes we have the right to question the doctor's orders. it is life they are dealing with. one golden rule is "ask when you're in doubt". It is always better to be very careful or be sorry later on. it is your family so you really need to go back to that doctor and ask him or her about the medications he or she has prescribed.
@Runite (307)
• United States
16 Mar 12
Usually I don't but sometimes you have be to cautious since it might cause some problems.
@vimal1990 (116)
16 Mar 12
Surely no.. I think many people wont have guts to ask question to doctors because they may have the feel that doctor may consult wrongly or may be gave the wrong medicine... so many people not having guts to question to a doctor
@SillyBE (181)
• Belgium
16 Mar 12
I would take advice by a other doctor. Seems that your niece doctor is doing more marketing than give a good medication. Yes doctor have some advantage to give you a "brand". For the question about the syrop some time they can take it but only if a doctor say it. I have 2 children and I had that case to so I had ask my doctor why and if it was not dangerous.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
16 Mar 12
I have had the same situation where my cough and asthma wasn't getting any better in spite of the anti-asthma medication and antibiotics that was given to me. My cough lasted for four months and my doctor just kept prescribing me with antibiotics. Now I usually follow my doctor's orders, but when I noticed that the medicine wasn't doing me any good, I changed doctors. I also had to quit work because my second doctor told me that my cough was actually caused by an allergy. My office back then was undergoing some major renovations and it was causing my asthma attacks. I suggest you change doctors for your niece. I hate it when doctors just prescribe medicine without even thinking of the harm it may cause to the patient.
@airasheila (5460)
• Philippines
16 Mar 12
good day jd107nette, honestly speaking, i am always asking questions if ever a doctor prescribes a medicine to me, as well as to my family members if they are the patient at stake. although, i know for myself that i am not as good as them, but, for me, it is everybody's right to ask, it just depend on the tone on how you ask and throw your questions, hence, they are still the doctors to whom you consult your health status.
@stealthy (8189)
• United States
16 Mar 12
Yes, always. I have had too many encounters with doctors that have made mistakes or missed something. This has occurred several times to me and several times to members of my family sometimes involving very serious illnesses. I have encountered some that live up to the stereotype of having a god complex. You really have to question and be careful with those.