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Seniors Should Watch for Drug Interactions When Taking Multiple Medications
Date:5/4/2009

teraction with Warfarin can be extremely dangerous because people on the medication need thin blood although blood that's too thin could result in bleeding complications.

Other drugs that interact with Warfarin can make a person's blood too thick, increasing their risk of blood clots and stroke. Because of the high risks involved when taking Warfarin, anyone who is currently taking the medication should consult with a pharmacist or physician to ensure its safety.

The effect of medication on memory has also received wide attention. Medications in the valium family such as Ativan, Atarax, Restoril, Halcion and some of the sleeping pills like Ambien and Lunesta have a negative effect on people who are concerned about memory problems.

"These medications can prevent you from being able to form new memories and so even in small doses, particularly in older adults, they can make memory problems worse," Remington says.

Over-the-counter or prescription medicines that Remington is most uncomfortable with "are the ones that have sleepy-type side effects to them such as medications for urinary incontinence to help avoid accidents." Remington suggests limiting usage of these medications so that peoples daily lives and experience won't be significantly changed due to medications.

Not all drug interactions are safe and require monitoring, says Remington.

"People need to protect themselves against serious drug interactions that happen and a physician or a pharmacist is a great place to receive help," she says.

For more information:

Drug Interactions

http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/aha/aha_drugintr_sha.htm


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