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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Back Pain

What Is the Other Drug Epidemic?

Researchers say there is another drug epidemic in addition to opioids. Doctors are prescribing more benzodiazepines than ever for longer periods of time.

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Drug Side Effects

Do Antibiotics Interact with Oral Contraceptives?

Women taking oral contraceptives may wish to take precautions if they need antibiotics. Some women might become pregnant due to an interaction.

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Bleeding

Will Pain Reliever Interact with Anticoagulant?

Might your pain reliever interact with your other medicines? It is smart to find out before you take it. The gel form seems less likely to cause trouble.

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Drug Side Effects

Taking Synthroid in the Middle of the Night

One reader takes thyroid medicine in the middle of the night. That avoids any problem of potential interactions with coffee or breakfast foods.

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Coughs

Cough Remedy Plus Antidepressant Spark Scary Serotonin Syndrome!

Drug interactions are more common than most people realize. Even something as seemingly safe as an OTC cough medicine can trigger scary serotonin syndrome.

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Alcoholism

Why the Holidays Hold Hidden Medication Risks!

Drug and alcohol interactions could turn you into a mean and nasty person. Some drugs can also boost blood alcohol levels. Could that lead to a DWI arrest?

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Drug Side Effects

Is it Risky to Take Atorvastatin with Grapefruit Juice?

Millions of people take statins daily. Are there dangerous food and drug interactions? What about simvastatin or atorvastatin with grapefruit juice?