We are fortunate to have PrevInteract Health, a pharmacy consulting company, in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Dr. Deepa Pattani is the founder and lead Pharmacist. She holds a doctorate degree in Pharmacy and has been a registered Pharmacist for over 12 years. She has worked in a variety of situations including hospital pharmacy departments as well as traditional retail pharmacies.
Her varied experience has lead her to see the serious problems associated with drug-drug, drug-food and drug-supplement interactions. Many times, no one is aware that an over the counter medication can cause serious problems when taken with certain prescriptions. Even food and drinks, such as green tea, can cause extreme issues when taken with certain prescriptions.
Fall Risk for Seniors
Dr. Pattani has learned through experience that seniors experience some of the most dramatic issues with regard to drug interactions. Falls, excessive internal bleeding and sleeplessness are just some of the results of bad interactions. Did you know that green tea is a natural blood thinner? Taken with a prescription blood thinner, it can cause excessive thinning of the blood.
Many seniors mistakenly take too much of the same drug as their many different doctors may prescribe the same drug with different names, but no one is aware of the double dosing. Seniors may also continue taking a drug even though the doctor assumed it had been discontinued or stopped. Seniors often obtain their medications through many different outlets, so there is no oversight as to the prescriptions they are filling. Many seniors assume that if a product or supplement is sold over the counter, it is a safe product for them to take. Most seniors do not think about food reacting negatively with their prescriptions.
PrevInteract Health performs a Medication Therapy Management and reviews prescription drugs, supplements, over the counter products and discusses food and drink interactions for people of all ages, not just seniors. The latest Dr. Oz craze may be effective on its own but could create serious and harmful issues when mixed with certain prescriptions or other supplements.
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