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Understanding what some of the more common drug interactions are

According to a study recently published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Americans have a pretty significant dependency on drugs. In fact, the CDC found that at least 82 percent of all Americans take at least one medicine with as much as 30 percent taking five or more.

And we're not talking about illegal drug consumption here, but the ones that consumers like you and I don't hesitate in taking on a daily basis. These include vitamins, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and even the foods we eat. It's the combination of these drugs, especially taken as part of a certain cocktail, that can be particularly dangerous or kill us.

Drug interactions are most apt to occur in those individuals who visit different pharmacies. This is because doing so can make it difficult for a pharmacist to properly advise you of the risks in taking it alongside something else. At the same time, there are those over-the-counter drugs that are safe for some, but not others. A patient may even unknowingly experience an adverse drug interaction by mixing prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

As an example of one of these types of drug interactions, while most women of child-bearing age have heard about the risk of her becoming pregnant if they mix antibiotics with birth control pills, few may realize that antibiotics have been shown to lose their effectiveness when taken in conjunction with magnesium or calcium.

For those who have been prescribed antidepressants, it's been shown that an individual who takes painkillers such as naproxen, aspirin or ibuprofen may harm their digestive track in doing so. This can result in internal bleeding.

Mixing blood thinners with painkillers or certain supplements like ginseng or vitamin K can decrease your blood's ability to clot, making you more susceptible to internal bleeding. For those on hypertension drugs, a number of over-the-counter drugs like painkillers, weight loss drugs and decongestants can worsen their condition. Coupling them with supplements such as St. John's Wort or a drink such as grapefruit juice can be just as bad.

When it comes to drug interactions that have the potential to adversely impacting your health, there are countless ones. If you've experienced an averse reaction to a drug, a Nashville dangerous drug attorney can advise you about your rights to file a legal claim.

Source: newsmax.com, "6 Dangerous drug combinations: Are you at risk?," Gary Greenberg, accessed May 26, 2017

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