Generic Name: COLCHICINE - ORAL Pronounced: (KOL-chi-seen) Colcrys Oral Interactions
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The effects of some drugs can change if you take other
drugs or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk for
serious side effects or may cause your medications not to work correctly. These
drug interactions are possible, but do not always occur. Your doctor or
pharmacist can often prevent or manage interactions by changing how you use
your medications or by close monitoring.
To help your doctor and pharmacist give you the best care,
be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use
(including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products)
before starting treatment with this product. While using this product, do not
start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medicines you are using without
your doctor's approval.
I try to make sure that Dad and I eat a healthy diet. Lots of produce, chicken and seafood, a nightly Scotch and water, and the occasional treat of chocolate. You would think that would be perfect, but there may be some issues with what I’m feeding him. Why? Because he’s taking about a dozen medications and it’s possible that the foods he eats can interact with his prescriptions.
A San Antonio Express-News story piqued my interest by warning that certain citrus juices can have dangerous interactions with certain medications. They pointed to a study on the effect of alcohol on the blood pressure medicine felodipine conducted by Canadian researcher David Bailey two decades ago. Dr. Bailey used grapefruit juice to mask the taste of alcohol so that he could conduct a “blind” study. He found that as the study progressed the levels of felodipine were much higher than expected in the group that was drinking the grapefruit/alcohol concoction.
An adverse drug reaction (ADR) occurs when a drug, supplement or food interferes with or interacts negatively with another drug. While ADRs may be mild, too often they result in serious injury or death. The U.S. statistics are alarming. More than 2 million serious ADRs occur each year. ADRs cause 100,000 deaths annually ADRs are the 4 th leading cause of death ADRs cause one out of five injuries or deaths each year to hospitalized patients The reasons there are so many adverse drug reactions include: Two-thirds of doctor visits result in a prescription being given. 2.8 billion out-patient prescriptions are filled each year. That’s 10 prescriptions for every person in the U.S. ADRs increase exponentially with four or more medications . Drug-Drug Interactions In this situation, a drug is defined as any prescription medication, over-the-counter (OTC) medication, vitamin or herbal supplement. There a...
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