Drug interactions

Thyroid Medication Not Working? These Drugs Can Cause Interactions...

05 Mar: Thyroid Medication Not Working? These Drugs Can Cause Interactions…

Most patients being treated for hypothyroidism are prescribed levothyroxine, also known as Synthroid, its brand name. In fact, nearly 12 percent of women are on the drug for life. Most commonly caused by autoimmune thyroiditis, hypothyroidism is defined by thyroid underactivity. Thyroid Drug Interactions If you aren’t feeling optimal despite receiving thyroid replacement, you may be experiencing the effects of thyroid drug interactions. In some cases, the cause of thyroid medication not working is reduced absorption because of these interactions. All patients being treated for hypothyroidism should receive regular lab tests to monitor TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone. If TSH levels fluctuate wildly, getting thyroid medication levels just right can be more difficult. Thyroid drug interactions can result from use…

How to Check Prescription Drug Interactions

28 Feb: How to Check Prescription Drug Interactions

  When taking any type of medication, it is important to pay careful attention to its potential for drug interactions. Today, many people take a combination of prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat a variety of illnesses. While these medications are helpful for treating many different symptoms, it is essential to stay on guard for potential problems such as an allergic reaction or dangerous drug interaction that can lead to life-threatening symptoms in the patients who take the wrong medications together. Here, are the best tips for those who need to know how to check prescription drug interactions. Gather All Medications The first step to knowing how to check prescription drug interactions is to gather all of the medications that…

01 Feb: Mixing herbal supplements and heart medications may be dangerous

According to a report from Reuters, taking ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and several other widely used herbal medications may impede the potency of prescription drugs, making them more or less effective. Experts at the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that mixing herbs and drugs also may cause serious heart rhythm problems and bleeding. “We can see the effect of some of these herb-drug interactions — some of which can be life-threatening — on tests for blood clotting, liver enzymes and, with some medications, on electrocardiogram,” Dr. Arshad Jahangir of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona said in a telephone interview. Many patients fail to disclose their use of herbal remedies so healthcare providers should be more probing,…

06 Jan: Seniors must be vigilant about drug interaction risk

  Researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center report in the Dec. 24/31, 2008 issue of JAMA that more than half of older Americans take five or more prescription medications — and that an alarming number of these seniors risk harmful drug interactions. We’ve warned of drug interactions here before — and have recommended sites like DoubleCheckMD.com to make sure your drug regimen is safe. This latest study reinforces the importance of such precautions. According to the researchers, at least one in 25 older adults take multiple drugs in combinations that can produce a harmful drug interaction. That’s 2.2 million seniors in the United States. Nearly half of the drug interactions identified in the study put seniors at risk…

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.

23 Jun: Drug-interaction risk is real; don’t ignore it

Unfortunately, when we are contemplating taking a new prescription medication, too many of us don’t think about possible harmful interactions with the other drugs we’re taking. We treat the risk like all the fast-paced warnings at the end of pharmaceutical commercials — we ignore them. That’s dangerous — and in a world where many of us don’t have long-term relationships with a single doctor or pharmacy, it’s becoming all too common for us to fall into drug regimens where the individual medications either counter each other’s effects or create unexpected, and sometimes even deadly, side effects. That’s why Health 2.0 sites like DoubleCheckMD and PharmaSurveyor are so valuable; they allow you to enter medications and research possible interactions yourself. If…