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Avoiding Drug Interactions

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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 Database: 
 
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 

 

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