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Drug Interactions - I | Reducing the risk of adverse drug effects

BY: Yoshi | Category: Education | Post Date: 2009-09-27

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A modification of the effect of a drug when administered with another drug is called as drug interactions and it occurs when one drug interacts with another drug that we are taking or when our medications interact with what we eat or drink.

Drug interactions can change the way our medications act in our body. Most drug interactions are either pharmacodynamic or pharmacokinetic in nature. The effect may be an increase or a decrease in the action of either substance, or it may be an adverse effect that is not normally associated with either drug.

Drug interactions can make our medications less effective or they can cause unexpected and potentially dangerous side effects.

The particular interaction may be the result of a chemical-physical incompatibility of the two drugs or a change in the rate of absorption or the quantity absorbed in the body, the binding ability of either drug, or an alteration in the ability of receptor sites and cell membranes to bind either drug.

Risk of having a drug interaction increases with the number of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

The elderly are at greater risk for drug interactions than younger adults as a larger proportion of elderly take prescription medications or over-the-counter products.

Important Tips for Reducing the Risk of Adverse Drug Effects

1. Read the drug label carefully.

2. Make sure you know what ingredients the product contains and understand any warnings or possible adverse effects.

3. If you don't understand something, ask your doctor or pharmacist about it.

4. If you take any prescription drugs, ask your doctor before taking an Over the counter (OTC) drug.

5. Don't stir medicine into your food or take capsules apart (unless your doctor tells you to). This may change the way the drug works.

6. Don't take vitamin pills at the same time you take medicine. Vitamins and minerals can cause problems if taken with some drugs.

7. Don't mix medicine into hot drinks unless the label tells you to. The heat may keep the drug from working as it should.

8. Don't take medicine with alcoholic drinks.

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