6 Common Drug Interactions that are Dangerous!

Some medications when mixed with certain foods or other medication may cause the drug to not work or actually become harmful. With guest coming in thought it might be a good idea to be aware of the potential combination dangers. The experts have revealed the six surprising but common drug interactions we should avoid.

Most statins used for cholesterol management do not care for grapefruit juice. It slows the breakdown of the statins and that can lead to liver damage.

Warfarin, is used to prevent and treat blood clots, but does not mix well with vitamin K. Aside from supplements vitamin K is found in leafy green vegetables, from spinach to green tea. The problem occurs because vitamin K speeds up warfarin’s time in the body. Meaning it is not around as long as it should be and that can leads to strokes and other bad consequences.

Certain antidepressants and ibuprofen shouldn’t be taken by the same person!?! Antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and anti-inflammatory painkillers increase your risk of having internal bleeding. Signs of it include: dark stools, stomach cramps, feeling tired, blood in vomit and feeling faint or dizzy. Your doctor will be able to recommend stomach protecting medicines if necessary to continue taking both.

Metronidazole is a commonly prescribed antibiotic, particularly for dental infections. While on it you should not consume alcohol. You should wait at least a couple days after you’ve had your last dose before drinking alcohol as it can lead to severe nausea and vomiting.

St John’s Wort, the popular herbal remedy used to treat symptoms of mild depression, can breakdown other drugs faster. Especially your contraceptive pill. Meaning you could be celebrating the first Thanksgiving/Christmas with the newest family member next year!  

Calcium and vitamin D supplements taken to strengthen our bones can unfortunately mess with certain antibiotics and medicine used to treat an underactive thyroid.

 All of these items, for the most part, are relatively harmless or incredibly helpful when taken on their own. But clearly this all just goes to shows how important it is that you check with your doctor first before taking them!!!!

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