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Avoiding Interactions With Other Medications

  • Read all labels carefully.
  • Make all health care providers aware of all the medications you are using.
  • Know your drug and food allergies.
  • Make a list of your medications and dosages. Eye drops, vitamins, herbal supplements, and some skin products are considered medications and should be included on your list. Keep this with you and update it as necessary.
  • Review possible drug side effects. Most reactions will occur when a new drug is started, but this is not always the case. Some reactions may be delayed or may occur when a new medication is added.
  • Use one pharmacy if possible. Try to fill all your prescriptions at the same pharmacy, so the pharmacist can monitor for interactions and provide proper dosing and refills.

You have the right and responsibility to know what drugs are being prescribed for you. The more you know about your medications and how they work, the easier it will be for you to control your symptoms. You and your doctor are partners in developing, adjusting, and following an effective medication plan. Make sure that you understand and share the same treatment goals as your doctor. Talk about what you should expect from medications so that you can know if your treatment plan is working.

 

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Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on October 11, 2014
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