adverse drug reactions

Can America Health Thyself? Cover

03 Feb: Can America Health Thyself? [Infographic]

Americans who do not practice or affiliate with any religion is growing—and rapidly. At the same time, Americans are more medicated than ever before and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Normal and prescribed drug use is ok and can help people with afflictions in many ways. However, substance abuse is on the rise. Clergy are taking note at America’s need to depend on Christ for healing and research has shown that those who regularly attend religious services are much more inclined to use prescription drugs safely, as they were intended to be used. The cost of substance abuse is astronomical. The cost in crime, illness, deaths, and medical costs should be enough to scare anyone sober. For those…

Celebrity Drug Overdoses

03 Jul: Celebrity Drug Overdoses [Infographic]

Celebrities Who Have Died from Drug Overdoses Prescription drug abuse is a serious and growing problem in America. Prescription drugs are easy to get addicted to and terribly hard to get over. In the United States, almost 290 people overdose on prescription drugs everyday. A drug overdose doesn’t always result in death, but it can still cause serious health problems and eventually lead you to your deathbed. These celebrity overdoses, whether accidental or not, is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Below is a list of celebrities who have died from drug overdoses. The infographic below shows just a few of those whose lives have ended early due to a prescription drug overdose. Also check out: 12 Accidental…

8 Healthy Foods You Don't Mix with Medication

04 Jun: 8 Healthy Foods You Don’t Mix with Medication

We all know there is a lot of unhealthy food out there that we need to stay away from, but for those of us on certain prescription medications, there are some food you may be surprised to find that you shouldn’t be eating, foods that under normal circumstances are considered perfectly healthy. Let’s take a look at the top 8 foods you need to avoid while taking certain medications. 1.) Grapefruit A wonderful morning drink and refreshing in the summer, grapefruit and grapefruit juice must be avoided by anyone taking cholesterol drugs, such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin). Other drugs that react with grapefruit juice include Plendil, Sular, and Procardia. There is a component of grapefruit juice that can increase the amount of…

There Are Some Vitamins You CAN Mix with Your Medication

10 Apr: There Are Some Vitamins You CAN Mix with Your Medication

Have you ever been told that you can’t take vitamin supplements with your medications or that you really need to be careful when doing so?  You certainly do need to exercise caution because the combination of vitamins and prescription medication can cause a myriad of problems, but vitamin supplements CAN be beneficial with prescription medications IF you take the right combination.  Let’s take a look at a few examples of a potent and beneficial combination of medication and vitamins. Antidepressants, such as Zoloft and Lexapro, are well-paired with the B vitamins, particularly vitamins B6 and B12. People taking Metformin for type 2 diabetes will do well to take vitamin B12 and fish oil. When taking antibiotics, such as Amoxicillin or…

How to Protect Your Family from Drug Induced Injury

15 Oct: How to Protect Your Family from Drug Induced Injury

The wrong drug can lead to a serious drug induced injury for yourself or someone in your family. For this reason, it’s important to have open communication with your doctor and pharmacist. It’s also a good idea to investigate the drugs yourself, and if you find unsettling information, speak to a doctor or pharmacist about it immediately. FDA Approval As a rule of thumb, the best way to avoid a drug induced injury is not to use any drug until seven years after FDA approval. Consider that nearly 20 percent of FDA-approved drugs are removed from the market after approval and given a black-box warning, which indicates the potential for serious harm. Beware of Pharmacy Distributed PILs Patient information leaflets…

Seven Common "Deadly Dangers" of Misprescribing Drugs

18 Sep: 7 Common “Deadly Dangers” of Misprescribing Drugs

Every year, misprescribing drugs wastes tens of billions of dollars. These drugs are barely affordable to the people who must pay for their prescriptions out of their own pocket. However, the more serious consequence is that a minimum of 1.5 million people are hospitalized every year due to complications caused by medications that should never have been prescribed to them. Misprescribing drugs is also the cause of roughly 100,000 deaths every year. The following is the seven most common “deadly dangers” of misprescribing prescription drugs: The original disease that a drug is prescribed for is really an adverse reaction to a different drug, masquerading as a disease. However, it is not recognized by the patient or the doctor. Instead of…


19 Aug: Seniors on Prescription Drugs: How to Promote Safety and Effectiveness

Most seniors depend on prescription drugs to protect health and well-being. However, common concerns among seniors on prescription drugs include the rising cost of medications, the risk of harmful side effects and possible drug interactions. Thankfully, there are several ways to address these issues and ensure that seniors on prescription drugs receive the care and attention they deserve. Help with the Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs The rising cost of prescription medications is a common problem among the elderly population. Since some drugs are expensive or not covered on certain insurance plans, more and more seniors are unable to access essential medications. While some payment issues may be resolved by speaking with insurance agents or pharmacists, many seniors are left…


17 Jul: How to Report Adverse Drug Reactions

The advance of modern medicine has helped human kind on many levels. The age of the average person has been extended, once deadly diseases are now a minor incontinence and medicine heals wounds that was once life altering. However, this doesn’t mean that all medicine is perfect. Even the most tested medicine reacts differently to each individual person. Sometimes these meds have a reaction that isn’t expected and can harm an individual. When this happens, here is How to Report Adverse Drug Reactions. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the entity that approves all medicine that comes in and out of the USA. This is who will eventually be contacted about the adverse drug reaction. However, this isn’t the…

12 Dec: Today Show on rising U.S. prescription drug use

Dr. Nancy Snyderman of the Today Show reported this morning on the growing number of Americans who use prescription drugs, and in many cases several prescription drugs, to treat chronic illnesses. One of the issues the report raises is the importance of being aware of potential drug interactions; be sure to talk with your doctor and pharmacist, and to use online tools like DoubleCheckMD, to ensure that your drug regimen is safe.

prescription drug safety

15 Oct: 10 Tips for Safer Prescription Drug Use

  Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from adverse prescription drug reactions — sometimes from an overdose, other times from an unexpected side effect, and often from taking the wrong combination of drugs. We have written before about the promise of Web sites like PharmaSurveyor and DoubleCheckMD, which help people to check the safety of their drug regimens. But making sure you are taking your drugs safely starts with having a proactive relationship with your doctor. I came across a list of “rules” for safer prescription drug use by the non-profit consumer group Public Citizen, and found some useful ideas in it. I’ve summarized the tips in excerpts below. Go here for the full post. 1. Have “Brown…

18 Jul: How to reduce medication errors

A Purdue University expert reports that more than 1.5 million Americans a year experience preventable drug-induced injuries. Many of these medication mistakes are caused by adverse drug reactions when a patient is given the wrong combination of drugs. Watch this informative video from Craig Svensson, dean of Purdue’s College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences, explaining why medication errors are so common and offering solutions on how to reduce medication errors.

23 Jun: Pharmacy 101: antibiotic resistance and medication errors

In this informative lecture video from the “Pharmacy 101” class at the University of California-San Francisco, Joe Guglielmo, professor of clinical pharmacy, explores antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. Then (at about the 30-minute mark), Lorie Rice discusses problems with medication errors. If you think college lectures are dry, you won’t be interested. But it’s geared for a lay audience — so if you want to learn more on these topics from some very knowledgeable people, please check it out.

29 Feb: Did doctors illegally prescribe pills to Heath Ledger?

Doctors in California and Texas are currently under investigation for illegally prescribing Ledger the painkillers Oxycontin and Vicodin, according to reports. Whether the individual doctors did anything wrong, however, patients can get in trouble when they go to multiple doctors — which is increasingly the case in today’s world. That’s why it is important to take the safety of your drug regimen in your own hands through a sophisticated tool like PharmaSurveyor (now in beta) or some of the other drug-interaction tools currently on line, like this one at DoubleCheckMD .

06 Feb: How prescription medications killed Heath Ledger. Possible prevention?

The report from the medical examiner is in: Heath Ledger died from the “the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.” The brand names for the drugs that were in Ledger’s system are OxyContin, Valium, Xanax, Restoril, Unisom and Hydrocodone. To be clear, Ledger didn’t die from an overdose of prescription drugs. He died from Adverse Drug Effects (ADEs) — a fatal reaction to the combination of medications he was taking. As Dr. Kevin Pho of Kevin, M.D. surmises: “Two narcotics, three benzodiazepines, and one sedating antihistamine. If a single physician was responsible for these prescriptions, that’s a serious error in judgment. It is more likely that Mr. Ledger received multiple prescriptions from different physicians around the…

16 Jan: Do supplements and prescription drugs interact?

Yes — although a lot of people don’t realize it. Pharmacist Sue Brenan advises consumers not to use herbal or dietary supplements with their medicine without talking with a pharmacist or physician. Here’s Sue: I’m sure the Puppet Show Dude would not agree with Sue on this one. Sue actually might be more persuasive if she employed puppets in her video.