Just a gentle reminder regarding some dangerous drug interactions that are possible by taking either two medicines together or taking one medicine with another foood item. The wrong combination of medicines – whether prescription or over-the-counter – can be deadly. There are thousand of over-the-counter medications in the market and most of us use one or other in our day to day life. This makes the threat of accidentally harming yourself very real. Don’t become a tragic statistic.
Some of the most common drug interactions are between:
- Antihistaminics (such as Loratidine, Fexofenadine, Levocitrizine) used to relieve or prevent the symptoms of colds and hay fever and other types of allergies should be avoid to be taken along with Alcohol / Alcoholic beverages, Aspirin & Calcium & Vitamin D
- Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory agents (Ibuprofen relieves pain and reduces inflammation and fever) These drugs can irritate your stomach so take them with food or milk. Avoid taking the medication with alcoholic beverages or foods that tend to bother your stomach.
- Bronchodilators used to treat the symptoms of bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. These medicines relieve wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing. Avoid eating or drinking large amounts of foods or beverages that contain caffeine because both bronchodilators and caffeine stimulate the central nervous system.
- Metronidazole-an anti-infective used to treat intestinal and genital infections due to bacteria and parasites should be avoided while drinking alcohol because it may cause a severe reaction that includes stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, and flushing or redness of the face.