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Posted 2/25/2013 by Maryland in NSBR Board
 

Maryland
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Posted: 2/25/2013 4:20:51 PM
Does anyone know of a good website to research medications and their side effects? Also, if certain foods don't mix well with certain medications.

ETA: I apologize! Hit the submit key too early. I should have just asked if anyone knows of a good website, not just medical peas. I am happy for anyones recommendation.


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Posted: 2/25/2013 4:27:17 PM
Honestly, I usually just google the medication (I usually end up at the PDR site), but if I had any particular concerns about medications I was already prescribed, I would speak to my pharmacist.

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Posted: 2/25/2013 4:29:07 PM
ditto previous poster.

There aren't many foods/medications that are a problem, though.


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Posted: 2/25/2013 4:56:48 PM
Thanks ladies. The local pharmacy is always so busy, so I hesitate to take up much of their time. There are always dads or moms with sick little ones in line and I feel so bad making a child wait. I thought maybe there was a well-known site where you could look things up. My husband said he was told that he could not eat grapefruit with his cholesterol medication, that's why I want to check it out. That was a long time ago and a different medication. I joke that he is the youngest person to ever own a box to put pills in for each day of the week!




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Posted: 2/25/2013 4:57:34 PM
Other than the pharmacy .... I've used drug.com.
I've been able to plug all of my medications in and it give me drug interactions between them (be sure to include vitamins and OTC's) and it even tells you when it has problems with stuff like orange and grapefruit juice.

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Posted: 2/25/2013 5:15:51 PM
In Ontario, each med comes with several pages of instruction, inter-actions, side-effects. The pharmacist also has a small room for private discussions about the meds that you are taking.

I was asked to fill out an "update" so that the pharmacy knew what other food suppliments that I was taking so that they could advise me about possible side effects and/or drug interactions.

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Posted: 2/25/2013 5:29:52 PM
Quite frankly, it is your pharmacy's job to provide those contraindications such as grapefruit.

Grapefruit is a common no-no for several medications, including many cholesterol lowering meds. It is a definite for some and a maybe/probably not an issue for others. I avoided it completely when I was on several meds that are metabolized through certain enzyme pathways in the liver.

When I am in doubt, for myself, I use the database provided by my mail-in drug program.



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Posted: 2/25/2013 5:30:39 PM

My husband said he was told that he could not eat grapefruit with his cholesterol medication, that's why I want to check it out.


My Zocor has a sticker right on the bottle that says to not take with grapefruit. And to take it specifically at bedtime. I was curious and asked my doctor the next time I saw him. He told me that grapefruit can cause your body to absorb it more than it should and could cause liver damage and the reason behind taking it at night is that your body produces the most cholesterol while you sleep.

I usually just ask my doctor whenever I have question regarding medication. His office is great about that and either connect me with the nurse or the doctor calls me back. The pharmacy is there to answer your questions too. You are a paying customer and shouldn't feel bad for taking a few seconds of the pharmacist time.









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Posted: 2/25/2013 5:37:38 PM
Thanks everyone for the great advice! Another reason I was curious is because I was also thinking it would be nice to be able to look up info on medications for our parents and grandparents. They sometimes seem to need our help as they either don't have a computer or don't use it much.


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Posted: 2/25/2013 7:03:37 PM

You are a paying customer and shouldn't feel bad for taking a few seconds of the pharmacist time

That's our job.


There aren't many foods/medications that are a problem, though.





Not true.
I suggest drug.com


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Posted: 2/25/2013 8:24:06 PM
Thanks ladies! I will try drug.com.
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