“It is estimated that over 100,000 people die of medication interaction related deaths annually.” Many people prescribed medications either forget or do not think it is a big deal to have another one added into their medication regime either temporarily or permanently. They do not think about the effects of mixing medications with certain foods, juices, or beverages in their diet.
It is important to consider what effects a new medication will have in your daily routine. Always be cautious of an additional medication into a medication regime when currently taking vitamins, herbal, or homeopathic medications. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean that you will not suffer adverse effects from mixing it with another medication.
Things that may help prevent adverse medication effects include asking your doctor or pharmacist about the impact the new medication will have. Sometimes spacing medications apart helps, if you taking certain medications at night, then you can try taking vitamins in the morning, and vice verse. There are a many drug interaction tools online that are a good starting point to check any time you take more than one medication. And if you are ever concerned, stop, to call and ask your pharmacist, doctor, or other healthcare provider .
Drug Interaction Resources:
Medscape Drug Interaction Checker
WebMD Drug Interaction Checker
MS Office Printable Medication Schedule Checklists
The FDA, 4-30-09, “Preventable Adverse Drug Reactions: A Focus on Drug Interactions.”