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Prescription Drugs and Increased Traffic Accident Risk
July 2011
The article reviews evidence that taking any of eight different classes of prescription drugs can significantly increase the risks of being involved in a traffic accident in which someone is injured. Find out what the classes of drugs are.
No. 1 Rule for Safe Drug Use: Have ‘Brown Bag Sessions’ with Your Primary Doctor; Fill Out a Drug Worksheet
March 2011
The article details how you should review all of the medications you are using with your doctor. It also provides a drug worksheet for you to fill out with him or her. The worksheet, when shown to your doctors, may save you from being prescribed drugs that interact with each other or have other side effects that you might not have recognized as being drug-related.
The Myth Is False: Caffeine Will Not Sober You Up After Drinking Alcoholic Beverages
December 2009
Many people believe that drinking caffeine with or after drinking alcohol will sober them up, but there is no evidence to support this.
Tizanidine: Watch Out for Drugs Interacting With This Muscle Relaxant
October 2008
Tizanidine (ZANAFLEX) is a muscle relaxant for which more than 3.8 million prescriptions were filled in the U.S. last year. The article lists more than 64 drugs with which it can have dangerous interactions resulting in excess sedation, difficulty breathing or dangerously low blood pressure that can result in falling.
Dangers of Mixing Alcohol with Certain Medications or Diseases
August 2008
The article discusses 273 drugs that can have harmful interactions with alcohol. Also reviewed are several ways in which these harmful interactions can occur: 1/ Medications Can Increase Alcohol Blood Levels 2/ Additive effects of medications and alcohol. One of the best- known drug-alcohol interactions is when alcohol, a depressant, is taken with other sedative medications, and excessive sedation or depression of respiration can occur 3/Alcohol can increase the blood levels of some medications leading to toxicity of these drugs. 4/ Alcohol also can reduce blood levels of some medications causing them to be less effective. Although some of the interactions between alcohol and medications mainly occur in people who drink heavily (three or more drinks on one occasion), many of these interactions may occur with much lower amounts of alcohol use, such as one to two drinks on an occasion. We strongly urge you to tell your physicians and other health care providers how much alcohol you are drinking so they can effectively assess the risks and advise you about the safe use of alcohol and medications.