How to Avoid Negative Side Effects from Your Prescription Medications

Suggestions on ways to prevent potential negative side effects from your prescription medications…

* Limit the number of physicians that you use.
* Ask your physician to prescribe the most inexpensive kind of drug which will do the job.
* Try only to use one pharmacy. You may save a only little but the ultimate expense could be great.
* Request that your physician order an uncomplicated timetable that doesn’t sacrifice effectiveness.
* Even if you do not feel your medication is effective, continue to take it. For some medicines, the effects are not immediately noticeable.
* When your doctor writes a new prescription, be certain to remind them of other medications you are taking. All medications do not work with each other.
* Request a prescription information page for the medication from your physician or druggist. All of the information you should require is there.
* Go over your timetable for taking medications frequently so you will remember it.
* Do not ever consume alcohol when consuming these medications:

1. Beta-inhibiting ingredients propanolol or Inderol, isosorbide dinitrate or Isordil, Sorbitrate, OR nitroglycerin
2. Codeine based pain killers in combination with acetaminophen (Perocet, Roxicet), meperidine (Demerol) or hydrocodone with acetaminophen (Vicidon, Lorcet)
3. The asthma medication theophylinne (Slo-bid, Theo-Dur, Uniphyl) These drugs can cause drowsiness which can be very hazardous if you plan to operate a motor vehicle. They may dramatically reduce both your respiration and heart rate. In addition, they may result in seizures and dangerous drops in blood pressure.
4. Flagyl, or metronidazole, an antibiotic.
6. Welbutrin, an antidepressant and anti- anxiety medication

Some foods should not be consumed when taking certain medications. Be sure to talk with your physician and pharmacist about which food should be avoided when taking these medications.

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