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While we always want to encourage people to lead a drug-free existence, we are realists, and understand that medication can be a necessary part of life.

Recently, we came across a disturbing story regarding a senior citizen who had been misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, the real problem occurred when her medications – all legally prescribed for various issues – had dangerously mixed. This lead to altered behaviour, hence the initial Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

It’s easy for many of us to jump to conclusions about health problems, and this serves as the perfect example – doctors are capable of making the same assumptions.

Never Hesitate To Ask About How Different Medications
Might React With Each Other

We now live in a world where we might go see our family doctor for one ailment, a specialist for a different problem, and occasionally a visit to a walk-in or the emergency may crop up. None of these people are communicating with each other regarding the prescriptions they may be providing to you. The only person who is aware of all of that information is you … and your pharmacist.

That’s why it’s so important for you to have a good relationship with the pharmacy you frequent. Do your very best to make sure that all of your prescriptions are filled by one store, and never hesitate to ask questions about how different medications might react with each other.

Also: Don’t forget about other over-the-counter medications such as vitamins and painkillers. We often treat this drugs as low-risk, but they can cause problems when taken with other pills. Again, never be afraid to inquire when picking up at the pharmacist.

The woman in this story was lucky – and self-aware enough to realize that something was terribly amiss. Remember to trust your instincts, and if you sense something is wrong, follow up on it immediately with your pharmacist. They are your best source of information in situations like these, to keep you both healthy and safe.

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