Drug Interactions

When it comes to preventing unwanted interactions between drugs, forewarned is definitely forearmed - Jessica Wapner

Drug Interactions

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The need to take multiple drugs poses a special risk that too often goes unrecognized by doctors and patients: certain combinations of medicines (prescription or otherwise) cause side effects that do not arise when the individual substances are taken alone. Studies published over the past two decades suggest that such “drug interactions” cause more than 30 percent of side effects from medications. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical manufacturers cannot always predict when a new agent will mix badly with other medicines—not to mention supplements or foods—and so unexpected deaths are sometimes the first sign of danger.

Not all side effects are lethal, but the widespread danger from drug…

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