The body has a very sensitive balance, making it important to be aware of drug interaction potentials when taking medications. Drug interaction is possible when taking other prescription medications, as well as when taking over-the-counter medicines and remedies, including those that stem from natural or alternative medicine. Alcohol and certain foods can cause a drug interaction with some medications. Having accurate information when taking prescription medications is essential to ensuring that they are able to serve the intended purpose.
In some cases, a drug interaction can simply result in a medication being unable to be relied upon to perform as it should. According to some studies, for example, mixing some types of birth control pills with certain types of antibiotics can result in the birth control pills being rendered less effective, running the risk of an unplanned pregnancy.
In other cases, a drug interaction can result in toxicity and serious illness. Coma and even death can result from mixing some types of medications. Certain types of disease and other health conditions can make an individual more vulnerable to experiencing a drug interaction, as the bodily systems are out of balance due to the illness or condition.
To avoid a drug interaction that could potentially have serious health consequences, it is essential to discuss all factors that could influence that potential. Other health conditions, prescription medications, and over the counter medications – including vitamins, other nutritional supplements, herbal preparations, and natural or other alternative health remedies – should be discussed with the health care professional at the time that a medication is prescribed. Be sure to ask if there are foods that could effect the ability of the medication to work as it should, and if alcohol could influence the effectiveness of the medication.
There are many factors that can influence whether or not a medication is able to perform as it should. Being aware of drug interaction potentials can help to ensure that you are getting the most benefit from the medications you take, as well as prevent unwanted and even dangerous health problems.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.