Drug Interactions | 5 Tips You Should Do To Avoid Them

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If you’re taking multiple medicines have you heard of medicine interactions? because it could affect how well they work, I’m gonna teach you five simple tips to help avoid them so you see these books, and these, and this, and this and all these I think we’ve got it so pharmacists study these types of books at universities so we can fully understand why and how medicines interact now what I’m not going to do is give you specific interactions and explain why they happen because we’ll be here forever but what I will do is give you a basic knowledge of how medicines interact and then we’ll move on to tips so when we say medicines interaction it doesn’t mean that they combine in the body and causes a chemical reaction of some sort in fact here’s a simplified version of what medicines interaction means a drug, supplement or food can affect the absorption of a drug in our body its distribution, breakdown and excretion so because of this interaction the level of drug in our body can either increase or decrease and I hope that made sense so medication interactions can be very dangerous let’s say for example you take a medicine that helps to thin the blood and you take another medicine or a herbal remedy or a supplement or a food and it interacts with it and it suddenly increases its level so you’re suddenly at a higher risk of bleeding or it reduces its level and you’re suddenly at a higher risk of having a clot now it’s unrealistic for patients to memorise every single interaction with their medicines but following these simple tips can go a long way tip one know exactly why you’re taking each medicine let’s face it drug names can be very difficult to pronounce and if you’re listing your medicines to a healthcare professional and let’s say you say it incorrectly then a potential interaction could go unnoticed so I thought I’d give you three of my favourite mispronunciations first I’ve got Lanzarote instead of Lansoprazole Amplodipine instead of Amlodipine and Ramiprilo which I call it the Italian version of saying Ramipril which actually got me thinking if there’s any healthcare professionals watching leave a comment below with your favourite mispronunciation because we could potentially do a future video on this now back to tip one so if you say the name of the medicine followed by why you actually take it the healthcare professional is much more likely to know which medication you’re on and be able to check for interactions with current medication that you’re taking if you’re going to find it difficult to remember or you’re taking a few different medicines you can always ask your pharmacy to add the reason why you’re taking it on the pharmacy label that they stick on or instead you can carry a repeat medication list but make sure it’s up to date tip two know how to take your medication so should it be taken with food on an empty stomach or should you avoid any certain types of food like dairy for example if you’re not taking it right it can reduce its absorption its effectiveness or even cause irritation of the stomach lining now this information can be found in the patient information leaflet which comes with every medicine the pharmacy dispensing label or just ask your pharmacist they’ll tell you everything you need to know I’ve also left a link in the description below where you can search each medicine and find out more information tip three let your pharmacy know about all the medicines that you take pharmacies don’t have access to your medical records so if you’ve been started on a new medication they may not know about it so when you pharmacist hands your medicines to you let them know about it and it and they might be able to give you some really useful tips so you can get the most out of your medicines which brings us on nicely to tip four supplements, herbal remedies, over-the-counter medicines these can all again interact with your medication so let your healthcare professional know so they can check for interactions tip five speak to your amazing pharmacist I always ask patients to bring in all their medicines so either a list or I actually bring them into the pharmacy so their prescribed medicines non prescribed medicines, herbal remedies, supplements bring in everything and then we can sit down and have a look at them and identify any interactions between them and give you the best advice so you can get the most out of your medicines and by the way this is something that all pharmacists will happily do for their patients so utilise their expertise and get the most out of your medication, medication interactions are a very serious issue and hopefully these simple precautions will help to reduce them and if you know anyone who takes medication who’ll probably find this information useful then share what you’ve learnt with them today or if that takes too long just share the video with them hey guys thanks for watching this week’s video make sure to click that like, follow or subscribe button now to stay up to date with new weekly videos to be honest I’m more of a dog person but, hey five simple tips try, aww that was so good as well it’s really warm in here today

43 thoughts on “Drug Interactions | 5 Tips You Should Do To Avoid Them

  1. The king of pharmacy 👑👑👑👑👑back at it again with another corker. Amplodipine 😂I love it, my favourite has to be Lanpoparole that's one that I get all the time

  2. Abraham you need to be a pharmacy teacher 😂😂 and congrats on 5.2k 🎉The bit about the blood thiner was scary but I guess it's the reality of drug interactions

  3. Hey Abraham this is my favourite video so far, very useful information thank you. can I ask what are your thoughts on protein bars? I've recently been thinking of taking them as a meal replacement post workout

  4. Never laughed and learned so much at the same time! TBH I always though supplements were harmless too. Thanks doc😂PS. I'm also a dog person 🐶

  5. Very important video because there is a lot of misinformation on the internet, especially in relation to alternative meds and orthodox meds. Not everything "natural" is harmless for those who take regular daily meds. Thanks. I wish all the pharmacists are so dedicated like you. 🙂

  6. I really liked your tip on mentioning the indication on the label. Helps a lot specially when the patient drops in a scripts with a few new rx on it. You genuinely care for your patients and it shows 👏🏼💐 great video as always Abraham!

  7. Love your content but how is it possible for you to take time to make videos? I assume you are spending 70+ hours at the hospital/pharmacy each week. Anyways, keep at it!

  8. Awwww i'm late, I was actually waiting for the new video come on this morning but then something came up. It's funny I have so many drug names I say wrong and i cant think of any. I'll be back when they come to me!!!

  9. Hi Abraham, very interesting and informative how medicine interacts.Really so useful as people need to know this.You are so helpful and it is impressive. Thank you for video and blessings and greetings and hugs . xoxo

  10. Hi Abraham, liking the videos! I'm a pharmacist and now can access new patient information via SCR so is useful when conducting MUR /NMS services to highlight this point and reduce the risk of interactions:) keep up the good work

  11. Excellent tips Abraham! I havw a few favourites- bumetide for bumetanide and ferocious sulphate for ferrous sulphate 😂😂😂

  12. Thank you so much for this video! I’ve been trying to help my mom get healthier, so I showed her this and she now is more determined than ever to get all her meds checked out with her pharmacist!

  13. I’ve had one of my drugs interact with my epilepsy meds. I have drug induced lupus too which started with carbamazapine and the then I was put on keppra the one with the funny name, then as keppra doesn’t control my seizures we tried lamotragine and guesse what, that set my lupus off. This time though it not only had my skin and hair, it got to my joints and immune system so one steroid injection later to give the joint pain a good kicking and I’m pain free and it surpresses my immune system too. So I have to be careful with drugs anyway.

  14. My colleagues says Dactort instead of dactakort. She said that's how it's written. I said really because I can see more letters than that. Lol

  15. I'm on clonazepam 2mg a day got a chest infection and was first given levofloxacin 500mg tablets once a day for five days day one I got up shaking in the middle of the night day two everything went numb my head was spinning had a headache that wouldn't go so my doctor took me off saying I had a bad reaction to it then said I needed to allow it out my system then four days later I was in the we in pain words can't express how much I was feeling couldn't even remember the colour of my toothbrush.
    So the er doctor decided to put me on ibuprofen 400mg for the headache and pain also augmentin 650mg for the infection but I searched all over the web and only found bad things saying I shouldn't take it together so here I am asking your advice on what to do it's already hard to breathe I need advice thanks in advance

  16. This is especially vital for older adults, who often take multiple meds. And now research is linking certain medications to a potential increased risk for dementia! This article explains the details: https://www.athomeindependentliving.com/increased-dementia-risk/

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