Taking MedicationsNot many of us are know that there are numerous factors which can alter the effectiveness of the medicines, and even turn them into killers. Recently, a 67-year-old woman was reported to be found dead after having a killing dose of certain substance she received from her usual painkilling fentanyl patches which she used when having a hot bath. Hot water stimulated the effects and the overdose of the drug worked to stop the woman’s heart. In order to be sure that your medications work safely and effectively, it is very important to be aware about the most common factors that can change the effectiveness of the medications.

1. Drinking a glass of wine. Actually, it is highly recommended to avoid using alcohol while you are on any sort of medications. However, if you decided to have a glass or two of wine while you’re having a medication therapy, remember that it will result in lower concentrations of the medication in your blood, thus lower the effects of the medication. Unless you are taking sedatives, which can have higher effects if taken with alcohol.

2. Drinking a cup of orange or apple juice. These juices can have negative effects and block the activities of such medications as antibiotics ciprofloxacin, talinolol, celiprolol, etoposide, atenolol, itraconazole, and others. It is strongly recommended to avoid drinking these juices while using the mentioned medications.

3 Eating some cranberries and grapefruit. Certainly, if consumed in small amounts these fruits can not have too much effects on the actions of medications. However, increased amounts of cranberries can interfere with the effectiveness of blood-thinning medications, and grapefruit can suppress the activities of antihistamine medications and high pressure medications.

Effectiveness of Medications4. Being exposed to hot water or high temperatures. Some medications are absorbed through skin, and being exposed to high temperatures can considerably speed up the absorption process. As a result it is possible to receive a deadly dose of the medicines.

5. Being over 70. Aging is a very important factor which plays a role and can alter the effectiveness of medications. Aging is linked to reduced function of many organs like kidneys, that can lead to less effective elimination of medication from the body and longer exposure to the medications. It is necessary to take this factor into account in cases when a long-term taking of medications is considered.

6. Taking other medications. It is a very important factor as one medication can effect tremendously on the effectiveness of another medication. Especially dangerous can be the effects of taking antibiotics in conjunction with some other medications. It is necessary to be very careful about this!

7. Crushing your medications before using them. Though this can make medicines easier to swallow, it can be quite dangerous to damage special coatings which many medications have. This can affect the effectiveness and lead to very fast drug release.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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