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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Avoiding Risky Drug Interactions

Taken from Chicago Tribune 2/14/16

Experts say there are important steps patients can take to help protect themselves from a harmful mix of medications.

  • With every new prescription, ask your doctor and pharmacist about what other medications you should avoid, including over-the-counter drugs, foods and dietary supplements.
  • Carry a list of all current medications and bring it to any medical appointments.  The list should include drugs taken only occasionally, over-the-counter medications, patches, tablets, inhalers, drops, liquids, ointments and injections, as well as herbal, vitamin and dietary supplements.
  • Read the complete package insert for all medications you're taking.
  • Use one pharmacy for all your prescriptions.
  • Educate yourself about potential drug interactions for any medications you are taking.
  • If a doctor provides you with a new drug sample, ask if it interacts with the medications you're currently taking.  Routine computer safety checks may have been skipped.
  • Take as few medications as possible.
  • Do not take medications prescribed to someone else.

--Karisa King

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