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Avoiding Drug Interactions

The three main types of drug interactions include drugs with food and beverages, drugs with dietary supplements, and drugs with other drugs. This document provides tips on how to avoid harmful drug interactions. Also available in video.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Drug Interactions: What You Should Know

If you take several different medicines, see more than one doctor, or have certain health conditions, you and your doctors need to be aware of all the medicines you take.

Review Date: October 12, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Grapefruit Juice and Medicine May Not Mix

Grapefruit juice can be part of a healthful diet but it isn’t good for you when it affects the way your medicines work.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicine

You’ve probably seen this warning on medicines you’ve taken. The danger is real. Mixing alcohol with certain medications can cause nausea and vomiting, fainting, loss of coordination, and other physical, and potentially life-threatening, problems.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - NIAAA

Herbal Supplements May Not Mix with Heart Medicines

Many herbal supplements can interact with medications to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other conditions. Some interactions can be dangerous. This document lists common herbal supplements, foods and vitamins that can interact with heart disease medications.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Multiple Medications: Will They Work Together? (Quiz Yourself )

Anytime a person is taking five or more medications, the chances that he or she will experience a harmful drug interaction are very high. Learn how you can lessen the chance of a harmful drug interaction.

Review Date: June 27, 2012

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Over-the-Counter Medicines that Can Potentially Contribute to Reye's Syndrome Problems- (PDF)

This list of over-the-counter medicines includes those that contain aspirin products, and therefore, might contribute to Reye's Syndrome.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

National Reye's Syndrome Foundation

Possible Interactions with Vitamin D

Learn more about the potentially dangerous interactions between your medications and Vitamin D.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

The Facts About Stevens-Johnson Syndrome- (PDF)

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), and TENS (Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome) another form of SJS are severe adverse reactions to medication. Recognition of the early symptoms of SJS and prompt medical attention may be life-saving.

Review Date: December 15, 2011

Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation

What is Reye's Syndrome? - (PDF)

This fact sheet provides information about Reye's Syndrome and the causes.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

National Reye's Syndrome Foundation