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Healthy Living: Are You at Risk for Drug Interactions?1

Jennifer Hillan and Linda B. Bobroff2

Prescription medications, over-the-counter products, vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements may interact with each other or the food you eat and cause harmful reactions. To see if you are at risk for drug interactions, circle Yes or No for the following questions.

Table 1. 

1. Do you take two or more medications each day?

Yes

No

2. Do you purchase prescriptions at more than one pharmacy?

Yes

No

3. Do you have prescriptions from more than one doctor?

Yes

No

4. Do you ever take your medications with grapefruit juice?

Yes

No

5. Do you take dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals, or herbals) that you have not discussed with your doctor or pharmacist?

Yes

No

6. Do you ever take medications without first reading the instructions and warning labels?

Yes

No

7. Do you think that drugs bought without a prescription are always safe to use?

Yes

No

8. Do you ever take a larger dose than the doctor recommends?

Yes

No

9. Have you ever taken a drug prescribed for someone else?

Yes

No

If you answered Yes to any of the questions, you may be at risk for drug interactions. Be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all the drugs you are taking to reduce your risk for harmful interactions.

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Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your medications to reduce the risk of harmful interactions


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Footnotes

1.

This document is FCS8621-ENG, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date June 2004. Revised August 2010. Reviewed December 2014. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

2.

Jennifer Hillan, MSH, RD, LD/N, former ENAFS nutrition educator/trainer; and Linda B. Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N, professor; Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.