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Taking new medications can affect your driving safety

When we drive frequently, the skills required seem to come second nature and we may not realize how much the slightest impairment can truly affect our ability to drive safely. When taking medications, there is always a risk that it could affect your driving. When taking a new medication whether it is a prescription or over the counter, here are some things to consider before hopping behind the wheel.

Incorrect instructions can make a medication dangerous

Even when professionals decide that a drug or medication is safe for use, that doesn't mean it is safe in any amount, over any length of time or even for any individual. It is only safe under a very specific set of circumstances. Unclear or inaccurate instructions can make it very hazardous and even deadly.

Tips for preventing drug errors

Drug errors occur all too often in hospitals, at the doctor's office and in the pharmacy. Patients can only do so much to prevent these errors. The rest must be done by doctors and pharmacists to ensure that their patients are prescribed the correct medication and dosage so that injuries and illnesses do not occur. Here are some tips for preventing drug errors.

Long term use of proton pump inhibitors linked to deadly side effects

Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPIs, reduce stomach acid by blocking the enzyme that produces the acid. PPIs are used to help prevent heartburn, stomach ulcers, and other issue caused by excess stomach acid. Some PPIs are prescription only but some are available over the counter. A 2016 study has shown that long term use of PPIs has been linked to chronic kidney disease, as well as other side effects, some of which could be deadly.

Preventing medication errors to avoid injury and illness

Medication errors are all too common these days even though there is research, training and technology out there to prevent these errors. There are things you can do to prevent medication errors made by your doctor or pharmacist in an effort to avoid injury and illness. If you follow the tips outlined in this post, you should be able to avoid an issue with a medication error.

Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors can cause severe side effects

Sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors like Invokana are drugs created to help people with type 2 diabetes by lowering the user's blood sugar levels by causing the kidneys to excrete glucose through the urine. This lowers the amount of glucose in the user's bloodstream. However, studies have shown that user's kidneys are also excreting other crucial things that are causing severe, and sometimes life threatening side effects. If you or a loved one is using Invokana, you may be at risk.

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