prescription drug interactions

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…

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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…

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…