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What questions should you ask to avoid a drug interaction?

| May 14, 2018 | Failure to Diagnose

You have recently been prescribed a new medication to take to help relieve symptoms you have been experiencing for quite some time now. You have met with your health care provider in New York and received a minimal amount of information about the purpose of the new drug. Understanding how to use it properly is critical to protecting yourself from a deadly drug interaction. 

What many people may not realize is how valuable a pharmacist can be. Discussing how to use your new prescription with your pharmacist can provide you with additional information you may need in order to take the drug responsibly. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, drug interactions are the result of two different drugs mixing together and causing a harmful reaction in your body. To stay safe from this danger and to reduce your risks of experiencing a drug reaction, here are some of the important questions you should consider asking your pharmacist:

  • How does the drug work?
  • Can it be taken with other drugs, foods or beverages?
  • What symptoms should I look for that are not normal and indicative of a drug interaction?
  • Where can I find more information about this drug?

You should also spend time reading the label in detail and write down any questions you have. Your pharmacist should be able to address your concerns so you can continue to take the drug safely and confidently. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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