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Avoiding Drug Interactions
As caregivers, giving medication can
be one of the scariest responsibilities. Being diligent
and staying informed is perhaps one of the best
remedies. Be certain that you maintain open lines of
communication with both the doctor and the pharmacy in
order to better provide care for your loved one.
Online Drug Interaction
There are several online drug databases that can give
you information as to the types of interactions which
may be of concern for you. One such example is from
Eckerd Pharmacy. This database can track interactions
between medications, alcohol, grapefruit juice, and
other food interactions. It allows you to add
medications, providing a comprehensive report of
possible interaction concerns.
An online database that can check
for drug interactions is located at www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html.
This database also accepts multiple medications and
provides a printed report.
Instead of using these reports as the
final authority, take them to your physician or
pharmacist to be certain that the results are applicable
to your loved one’s