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Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month

Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month

July is Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month. Just because something is natural or a “supplement” doesn’t mean it’s safe, especially if you’re taking other prescription drugs.

Herbal supplements with cranberry extract as a primary ingredient can interact with blood thinning medications, so you shouldn’t take both at the same time.

Cranberry Extract Interactions

 

Ginkgo, most commonly taken to improve memory, has been shown to interact with aspirin, diuretics, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and blood thinners.

Ginko Interactions

 

Echinacea, largely used to fight the cold and flu, can interact with some chemotherapy agents, caffeine, liver medications, and meds that decrease your immune system.

Echinacea Interactions

 

Saw palmetto, a popular active ingredient in supplements, can be dangerous during pregnancy and can  interact with birth control, hormone therapy, and medication that prevents blood clots.

Saw Palmetto Interactions

 

Fish oils, taken for heart and bone health, may interact with high blood pressure meds, birth control, and some meds that prevent blood clots.

Fish Oils Interactions

 

Keep a list of all your prescriptions and supplements and talk to your doctor about them to make sure there aren’t any interactions. You can also learn more by reading warning labels on your medications or talking to your pharmacist.

Talking About Drug Interactions
Safety First for National Safety Month

National Safety Month 2016

It’s National Safety Month, and we have some topics and tips to help you stay safe! Learn more now.

When Seconds Matter, Will You Be Ready?

Keep emergency numbers nearby
Always watch children around water
Become certified in First Aid and CPR
Preparing today can make a difference tomorrow
Safeguard Your Health

Be aware of medication interactions
Keep medicine up and away from children
Ask about alternatives to opioid painkillers
Reach for safer medicine
Watch Out for Dangers

Secure your furniture to avoid tip-overs
Fall-proof the bathrooms of older adults
Pay attention to where you are walking
Being safe means being alert - all the time
Make Good Choices While Driving

Practice driving with teens, even after they get a license
As you age, learn how health conditions affect your driving
Focus on road instead of distractions
The roads belong to us all: Let's make safe choices

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