Prescription Drug Information and References

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

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Food and Drug Interactions


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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