Whenever two or more drugs are being taken, there is a chance that there will be an interaction among the drugs. The interaction may increase or decrease the effectiveness of the drugs or the side effects of the drugs. The likelihood of drug interactions increases as the number of drugs being taken increases.
Most drugs are eliminated through the kidney in either an unchanged form or as a by-product that results from the alteration (metabolism) of the drug by the liver. Therefore, the kidney and the liver are very important sites of potential drug interactions. Some drugs are able to reduce or increase the metabolism of other drugs by the liver or their elimination by the kidney.
Type in a generic or a brand name drug and select from the list. Add as many prescription drugs or OTC drugs as you'd like. When you're done, check for possible drug interactions.
Interaction is unlikely, minor, or nonsignificant.
There are several mechanisms by which drugs interact with other drugs, food, and other substances.
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Drug interactions are important to check for because they can:
Since most people do not know if two or more drugs could interact, it’s important to check the status of drug interactions with each new drug. In fact, for some drugs, stopping the medication could also affect the levels of other drugs in your system. Being proactive in your own health, checking for drug interactions, and discussing concerns with your healthcare provider can be a life-saving task.
Drug interactions can also contribute to the cost of healthcare, as a serious drug interaction could result in injury, hospitalization, or rarely, death.
Communication with your healthcare provider is key in helping to prevent drug interactions.
A: In some cases two medications have multiple effects. The interaction checker will list both effects as a separate interaction. Also the way that drug A affects drug B may be different than how drug B affects drug A. We will list them both as separate interactions.
Serious: Potential for serious interaction; regular monitoring by your doctor required or alternate medication may be needed.
Contraindicated: Never use this combination of drugs because of high risk for dangerous interaction.
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A: When certain medicines are taken together, an unintended reaction may occur.
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