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Be Careful Of Negative Interactions With OTC Drugs

06/11/12

  10:28:51 am, by MedBen5   , 150 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness

Be Careful Of Negative Interactions With OTC Drugs

When you pick up a prescription medication from your local pharmacy, you also receive a reminder from the pharmacist – written, verbal or both – of potential negative interactions with food, beverages and other drugs. But when you buy over-the-counter drugs, it’s easier to overlook the warnings.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to reduce the risk of adverse effects from OTC drugs (via HealthDay News):

  • Read the drug label carefully and only take the medication as recommended by your doctor or as instructed on the label.
  • Never take a medication with alcohol.
  • Never mix the medication with food or drink, unless your doctor says it’s ok.
    Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions.
  • Be mindful of any drug reactions you’ve had before, and read the label on the current drug to look for any ingredient to which you’re sensitive.
  • Don’t take any OTC medication along with vitamins.

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