Use WebMD's Drug Interaction Checker tool to find and identify potentially harmful and unsafe combinations of prescription medications by entering two or more.
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Drug interactions can occur in several different ways: A pharmacodynamic interaction occurs when two drugs given together act at the same or similar receptor site and lead to a greater (additive or synergistic) effect or a decreased (antagonist) effect.
Not all drug interactions are bad. Some medications may be better absorbed if taken with food or may have more favorable blood levels if taken with other medications that affect metabolic enzymes.
Here are 9 ways to stay safe.
Drug interactions are important to check for because they can:
Review the Medication Guide, prescription information, warning labels, and Drug Facts Label with each new prescription or OTC product. Labeling may change as new information is learned about medications, so it’s important to review the information frequently.
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Warfarin, a blood thinner, interacts with a number of other drugs and supplements. Some other medications increase the body's metabolism of warfarin and the risk of thrombosis, or the formation of blood clots. The drugs include these antiepileptic medications: Phenytoin.
Your doctor or pharmacist can take steps to address possible drug interactions.
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One of the most common side effects of statins is muscle soreness. Mixing statins with certain drugs, dietary supplements or foods can damage muscles and even lead to kidney failure. For this reason, patients are advised not to mix statins with prescription oral fungal (yeast infection) medication or vitamin B complex.
If you are taking digoxin, avoid combining it with senna and St.
Learn about potential drug interactions you may be exposed to. Drug interactions can occur with prescription drugs, OTC medications, grapefruit and other foods.
Headaches can be divided into two categories: primary headaches and secondary headaches. Migraine headaches, tension headaches.
What are the consequences of drug interactions?
How often do drug interactions occur?
Whenever two or more drugs are being taken, there is a chance that there will be an interaction among the drugs. The interaction may increase or decrease the effectiveness of the drugs or their side effects. The likelihood of drug interactions increases as the number of drugs being taken increases.
Drug interactions may make your drug less effective, cause unexpected side effects, or increase the action of a particular drug. Some drug.
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Over-the-counter (OTC) drug labels contain information about ingredients, uses, warnings and directions that is important to read and understand. The label also includes important information about possible drug interactions. Further, drug labels may change as new information becomes known.