Drug or medication interactions can happen to anyone taking medicines. This weeks video is about why drugs interact and avoiding them.
All my patients seem to know the rule about not drinking when you're on antibiotics - the trouble is, it isn't a rule! In fact, it's safe to drink some alcohol when you're taking most kinds of antibiotics (the antibiotic you should never drink with is metronidazole, also known as Flagyl®).
Yet there are many possible interactions between commonly prescribed medicines with other medicines, supplements and even food that very few people seem to have heard of. So this weeks video will explain why they happen, and what everyone should do to avoid them.
This video was sponsored by Dr Fox (Online Doctor & Pharmacy):
HOW TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF INTERACTIONS:
It isn't realistic to expect patients to memorise every possible interaction for every medication. But the following tips can go a long way in reducing problems:
1. Know why you are taking each medication
Drug names are often hard to pronounce, difficult to remember, and easy to mix up. An error when you list your drugs could mean a potential interaction will go unnoticed. However, if you tell a health care professional that you're taking a medication followed by why you take it, he or she is more likely to realise what medication you take.
2. Know how to take the drug
It's important to learn whether to take your medication with food, on an empty stomach or to avoid certain types of food at the same time you take the medication. If you’re not taking the medication correctly it can reduce the absorption and effectiveness or even cause irritation of your stomach lining.
3. Pharmacies don't have access to your medical records
Let your pharmacy know all the medication you take. Pharmacies don’t have access to your medical records when dispensing. So if you’ve been started on any new medication let the pharmacist know when they give you your medication. They can then give you any useful tips that will help you get the most out of your medicines
4. Supplements, herbal remedies and over the counter medicines also interact with medication.
Some of the most serious drug interactions involve prescription medications and supplements or herbal remedies. If you're purchasing these then it's likely that your healthcare professional will not be aware you are taking them. Always include these in your medication list when giving a medication history.
5. Talk to your pharmacist
I always ask patients to bring in all their medicines, so either a list or actually bring them into the pharmacy. This includes the prescribed medicines, over the counter medicines, supplements, herbal remedies, creams....basically everything.
Your pharmacist can then sit down with you, look at them and identify any potential interactions between them. They can then give you the best advice to get the most out of your medication.
6. Alcohol and its interaction with medication
Whether you can drink alcohol while on medication depends entirely on what medication you’ve been prescribed. The following link has some really useful detailed information which I'd highly recommend everyone to read.
LINK REFERENCES IN VIDEO:
To check interactions between medicines: https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html
To find out more information about a medicine or its patient information leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc
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I'm a British - Persian - Iranian prescribing media pharmacist who loves science, making videos and helping people. I work in both GP surgeries and community pharmacy.
This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
Very important video because there is a lot of misinformation on the internet, especially in relation to alternative meds and orthodox meds. Not everything "natural" is harmless for those who take regular daily meds. Thanks. I wish all the pharmacists are so dedicated like you. :)
I remember some time ago having aspirin an niacin and got huge heat rush. A friend told me about niacin so I didn't think of aspirin at all. Took a cab, it was in swiss cottage London, and the young doctor didn't know what it was. I didn't even think of mentioning aspirin or niacin. So she said to come back if it doesnt pass by tomorrow. Waste of cab fair. So I rang a good friend of mine who is pharma rep and she just laughed. Explained about niacin large dose and aspirin. Why doctors dont read research and why they dont try to find out about natural supplement interactions is beyond me.
Thanks for this 😂 Just added it to the long list. Stay tuned for new health videos every other Monday 4pm(GMT), hope you enjoy them too :) Feel free to subscribe and click the 🔔button to stay up to date.
Nice one :) thanks for commenting I have added this to the list. Stay tuned for new videos every other Monday 4pm(GMT), hope you enjoy them too :) Feel free to subscribe and click the 🔔button to stay up to date.
I’ve had one of my drugs interact with my epilepsy meds. I have drug induced lupus too which started with carbamazapine and the then I was put on keppra the one with the funny name, then as keppra doesn’t control my seizures we tried lamotragine and guesse what, that set my lupus off. This time though it not only had my skin and hair, it got to my joints and immune system so one steroid injection later to give the joint pain a good kicking and I’m pain free and it surpresses my immune system too. So I have to be careful with drugs anyway.
Thanks for commenting, glad you are better :) Hope this video can help spread the importance of interactions between medicines. Stay tuned for new videos every other Monday 4pm(GMT), hope you enjoy them too :) Feel free to subscribe and click the 🔔button to stay up to date.
Hi Abraham, liking the videos! I'm a pharmacist and now can access new patient information via SCR so is useful when conducting MUR /NMS services to highlight this point and reduce the risk of interactions:) keep up the good work
Hi Matt thanks for commenting, glad you like the videos :) Yes SCR can be very helpful in practice and will help pharmacists reduce the risk of interactions. Will do thanks for the support. Stay tuned for new videos every other Monday 4pm(GMT), hope you enjoy them too :) Feel free to subscribe and click the 🔔button to stay up to date.
Hi Abraham, very interesting and informative how medicine interacts.Really so useful as people need to know this.You are so helpful and it is impressive. Thank you for video and blessings and greetings and hugs . xoxo
Awwww i'm late, I was actually waiting for the new video come on this morning but then something came up. It's funny I have so many drug names I say wrong and i cant think of any. I'll be back when they come to me!!!
Thanks for commenting, glad I could help :) It's ok the important thing is that you watched the new video and left a comment :) I'm the same I couldn't remember all the good mispronunciations when making the video :)
Thanks for such a nice comment Michael :) Glad you like my work and thank you again for the support :) Incase you haven't already subscribed -Stay tuned for new videos every other Monday 4pm(GMT), hope you enjoy them too :) Feel free to subscribe and click the 🔔button to stay up to date.
I really liked your tip on mentioning the indication on the label. Helps a lot specially when the patient drops in a scripts with a few new rx on it. You genuinely care for your patients and it shows 👏🏼💐 great video as always Abraham!
Hey Abraham this is my favourite video so far, very useful information thank you. can I ask what are your thoughts on protein bars? I've recently been thinking of taking them as a meal replacement post workout
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