How to Check Prescription Drug Interactions

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Prescription drug interactions can have serious consequences. Some medications may enhance or decrease the effectiveness of another drug. This can occur with over-the-counter medications as well as with vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements and even some foods or drinks. Learn how your medications interact.

  • Gather all of your prescription medications -- even those you take only occasionally.

  • Get together all of the over-the-counter, herbal supplements, vitamins and mineral supplements, and even any teas that you drink that are made from herbs. They can sometimes interact with prescription medications.

  • Make a list of the all the items you have gathered. If prescription labels include both the the name brand and generic drug name, write down both.

  • Open a Web browser on your computer and navigate to a website that provides prescription drug interaction information. Follow onscreen instructions to input everything on your list.

  • Read thoroughly the results of the potential drug interactions. Print and save your results. Each time something changes or you add or take away, make sure to update this information.

  • Look up a specific medication or supplement to find out if there is a potential drug interaction, especially if you are concerned about a particular medicine. If there is a question or concern about a medication, ask your pharmacist to run a comparison in their system.

  • Talk with your physician if anything arises that might concern you.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the medication list available for future reference. Take it along at each doctor's visit.
  • don't rely just on a website, if you are concerned contact your doctor or pharmacist
  • this article does not substitute for medical advise

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