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 the side effects of the drugs. The likelihood of drug interactions increases as the number of drugs being taken increases.
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The prescribing information for most drugs contains a list of potential drug interactions. Many of the listed interactions may be rare, minor, or only occur under specific conditions and may not be important. Drug interactions that cause important changes in the action of a drug are of greatest concern.
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However, if you discover you are at risk for a possible drug interaction, call your doctor or pharmacist as quickly as you can. Do not stop your medication without talking to your healthcare provider first. Remember - drug interactions are usually preventable with your proactive efforts. They will understand the significance of the interaction, and will be able to recommend the next best steps you should take.
Drug interactions can occur in several different ways:
Most drug interactions are not serious, but because a few are, it is important to understand the possible outcome before you take your medications.
A: In some cases two medications have multiple effects. The interaction checker will list both effects as a separate interaction. Also the way that drug A affects drug B may be different than how drug B affects drug A. We will list them both as separate interactions.
However – we may have an interaction for particular foods (for example grapefruit) or the ingredients in food. A: This interaction checker DOES NOT include food/drug interactions. For example, we do not include coffee in our database but we can l you if a medication interacts with caffeine.
Q: Does the interaction checker l me my medication interacts with food?
Sometimes the risk of not taking the medication outweighs the risk of the interaction. Do not stop taking any prescribed medication without your doctor’s approval.
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