How Much Do You Know About Drug Interactions?

Every year, thousands of people experience interactions between prescribed drugs and over-the-counter drugs, or between drugs and herbal products. Other unexpected interactions can occur between drugs and certain foods or health conditions. Assessing how much you know about these potential interactions and learning what you can do to prevent them can help keep you safe. Take this quiz, based on information from the American Pharmacists Association's publication "Pocket Guide to Evaluations of Drug Interactions" and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

A variety of substances can alter a drug's effects.
A drug-drug interaction occurs when two drugs together produce an unwanted and potentially dangerous outcome or side effect.
A drug-food interaction occurs when a medication interacts with a substance in a food or beverage.
A drug-alcohol interaction can lead to extreme drowsiness and other effects.
A drug-condition interaction occurs when a medication is harmful to someone with certain medical conditions.
Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications don't interact with herbal remedies and supplements.
Using the same pharmacy for all your prescriptions can help reduce drug interactions.
Thoroughly reading the labels of all OTC medications before taking them can help you avoid interactions.
Talk to your pharmacist or health care provider before taking any new OTC medication.
If you experience a drug interaction, call your health care provider.

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