Taking several different medicines may cause drug interactions, which may increase or decrease the effect of the other drug to a point where it is harmful. Also some OTC medicines, herbal remedies, dietary supplements, so-called natural remedies and certain foods (such as grapefruit juice and milk) may have significant interactions with medicines. Because alcohol can enhance the effect of medicines called central nervous system depressants (such as sleep medicine, tranquillisers and strong painkillers), such drugs should not be mixed with alcohol.
Elderly people and patients with multiple diseases often take several medicines and are therefore more likely than others to experience harmful interactions.
All medicine packages contain a package leaflet, which provides important information about the use of the medicine. It also lists the most important possible interactions.
To avoid harmful interactions, it is important to tell your doctor which medicines you are taking, including all prescription-free medicines, herbal remedies, dietary supplements and natural remedies. You can also ask pharmacy personnel about the compatibility of these products.
You can search for package leaflets in the FimeaWeb