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Drug Side Effects

18 Pharmacists Discuss Their Most Memorable Medication Mistakes

Have you ever gotten the wrong drug from the pharmacy? Here, pharmacists reveal their memorable medication mistakes.

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Drug Side Effects

Can Prilosec Interfere With Vitamin B12 Injections?

Vitamin B12 injections are a common treatment for pernicious anemia. Injections are not affected by acid-suppressing medicines.

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Drug Side Effects

Could Heartburn Medicine Clash With Thyroid Pills?

PPI drugs for acid reflux like Nexium or Prilosec may interfere with absorption of thyroid pills such as Levoxyl or Synthroid.

Beware of biotin in high doses
Drug Side Effects

Beware of Biotin Interfering With Thyroid Tests

Doctors and patients should beware of biotin supplements messing up thyroid test results. To avoid a false diagnosis, a person should stop the biotin first.

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Drug Side Effects

Will Potatoes Slow Your Recovery from Surgery?

Eggplants, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes all can block acetylcholinesterase. This might slow recovery from surgery in which muscle relaxants are used.

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Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Beware Mixing Xarelto or Eliquis and OTC Pain Relievers

Many people with AFib are taking anticoagulants like Eliquis or Xarelto. They must be warned about interactions between these drugs and OTC pain relievers!

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Drug Side Effects

Could Pomegranate Juice React Badly with Crestor?

You might worry about whether pomegranate juice will react badly with your medication, but it should not create problems with rosuvastatin (Crestor).

Podcasts

Show 1185: What Are the Risks of Too Many Meds?

Lots of Americans, especially senior citizens, are taking too many meds. This can result in undesirable reactions and dangerous interactions. Can we fix it?

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Anxiety

Clonazepam Withdrawal | Safe Sedative or Poison?

Benzodiazepines like alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam and lorazepam remain popular to ease anxiety. If stopped too quickly, benzos can cause withdrawal!

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Alternative Health

Herbal Medicines and Prescription Drug Interactions

Many popular herbal medicines have prescription drug interactions. Learn about them before including both herbs and drugs in your regimen.

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Drug Side Effects

Does Green Tea Interact with Heart Drugs?

How does green tea interact with nadolol? Green tea compounds can lower blood levels of this heart drug, but does not seem to affect metoprolol.

Male doctor and senior female patient discussing osteoporosis drug options
Drug Side Effects

Will Boniva Interact with Her Pain Reliever?

Does Boniva interact with other medications? This osteoporosis drug together with an NSAID might increase the possibility of digestive tract problems.

A low-carb mixed leaf salad with smoked salmon, spinach, cucumber and onions; eat to lower cholesterol
Bleeding

Reversing the Admonition to Avoid Vitamin K with Warfarin

Patients have been told for decades to avoid vitamin K with warfarin. That means no green leafy veggies. But such foods are good for you. What to do?

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Blood Clots

Warfarin and Green Leafy Vegetables Can Be OK

Warfarin was the first prescribed anticoagulant. Now we have Eliquis and Xarelto. They're pricey! Is it safe to combine warfarin and green leafy vegetables?

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Alternative Health

Cranberry Compounds Help Prevent Antibiotic Resistance

Both in test tubes and in insect models, cranberry compounds keep infectious bacteria from developing resistance to common antibiotics.

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Drug Side Effects

Medical Marijuana Users May Require More Anesthesia During Surgery

Millions of people use marijuana. Many rely on cannabis for medical reasons such as nerve pain. People taking marijuana may need more anesthesia than usual.

grapefruits
Drug Side Effects

What Is the Story on Grapefruit Juice and Meds?

The story on grapefruit juice and medicines can be confusing. The interaction is fairly long-lasting, but only certain drugs interact with grapefruit.

Senior Man, arms crossed, looks down at large assortment of prescription pill bottles
Drug Side Effects

Polypharmacy and Premature Deaths Especially in Older People

How many pills do you take each morning. Anything more than 2 or 3 means you are practicing polypharmacy. Multiple medicines could lead to a deadly mix.

Man grabs at his heart during a heart attack
Drug Side Effects

Taking Lisinopril | Avoid POTASSIUM but ZINC Could be Necessary

If you are taking lisinopril or another ACE inhibitor do you know which minerals you need and which you should avoid? This is life and death information!

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Drug Side Effects

Improving Patient Safety by Reducing Alert Fatigue

When a team at St. Jude changed its system for drug interaction warnings, doctors had less alert fatigue and were less likely to override important alerts.