When a drug you are prescribed is recalled it can be a little alarming. Not all recalls are equal, though, and knowing the difference between them will help you understand when you should worry. Drug recalls come in three classes; Class I, Class II and Class III.
A Class I recall indicates that a drug could predictably cause serious health problems or death. Something like a label mix up on a life-saving medication could lead to a Class I recall.
A Class II recall is defined by the FDA as a situation where the drug could cause temporary or treatable problems or where serious health problems are unlikely.
Class III recalls are for drugs that are “not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”
If the FDA recommends the recall of a drug prescribed to you, stop taking the drug immediately and contact your physician. Your personal physician knows the details of your health and is best qualified to advise you on stopping or altering your medication.
It is also important to remember that if you are experiencing adverse effects from the medication you are taking, you should let your doctor know immediately, even if there is no recall.
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