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Prescription Drug Information and References

Medicines can treat and cure many health problems. However, they must be taken properly to ensure that they are safe and effective. Many prescriptions have powerful ingredients that interact with the human body in different ways, and diet and lifestyle can sometimes have a significant impact on a drug's ability to work in the body. Certain foods, beverages, alcohol, caffeine, and even cigarettes can interact with medicines. This may make them less effective or may cause dangerous side effects or other problems.

When you take medicine, be sure to follow your doctor's instructions carefully to obtain the maximum benefit with the least risk. Changes in a medicine's effect due to an interaction with food, alcohol or caffeine can be significant; however, there are many individual factors that influence the potential for such variations, like dose, age, weight, sex, and overall health.

If you have any questions or concerns about possible prescription drug interactions and side effects, consult your health care professional.

Make sure your doctor and pharmacist know about every drug you are taking, including nonprescription drugs and any dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals and herbal products. If you have problems or experience side effects related to medication, call your health care provider right away. It is also important to remember that many drugs interact with other drugs and may cause serious medical conditions.

Drug Interactions
   Possible interactions between drugs, herbs and supplements.

Specific Drug Information
   Information on various prescription drugs

Illegal Drugs
   Information on various abused substances

External Links
Food and Drug Interactions
Over-the-Counter Drugs
Your Medicine: Play It Safe

See also:
Herbal Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings
Supplement Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings

last update: June 2005

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