I’ve spoken before about the dangers of drug interactions, there are medications that do not work well together – an these can send you to the hospital (or worse).
I am not a doctor nor a pharmacist, so I will not try to tell you which meds interact badly with others. I will tell you this one important thing:
Whenever speaking to your doctor and pharmacist about a new medication
ALWAYS tell them about everything you’re taking.
Prescriptions by other doctors – TELL THEM
Over the counter supplements or pain meds – TELL THEM
Herbal supplements or teas – TELL THEM
Other medical conditions – TELL THEM
While in your doctor’s office speaking of a new medicine talk to him/her about all I’ve stated above AND when picking up a new prescription from the pharmacy speak with the pharmacist telling them about all I stated above.
It may seem redundant to have the same conversation with both your doctor and pharmacist but it isn’t. Your doctor has an 8-year degree in the practice of medicine, which includes knowledge of drugs and drug reactions. Your pharmacist also has an 8-year degree – but his specified in the study of chemistry, drugs and drug reactions.
Follow this link to a news story on the increase of hospitalizations due to drug interactions.
PS: The featured image is of my favorite pharmacist … my grandpa, who graduated as a pharmacist in 1941!