You can’t say when it started. You have no clue how it was triggered. And you may even have trouble explaining it to other folks.
But the bottom line is you feel like absolute garbage.
In some cases, it might SEEM minor like a little brain fog, or fatigue. In others, it could feel like something is VERY wrong, and you need to be rushed to the ER.
But in either scenario, you probably have no clue what’s going on.
Well, my friend, there could be a simple explanation for what just happened to you. It’s not a new illness or infection. And it isn’t a sign of aging either.
New research reveals it could be your MEDS.
In fact, the odds are that’s exactly what it is if a new drug was recently added to the mix. Because certain drug interactions can cause frightening and in some cases, life-threatening, side effects.
But there IS a way to protect yourself. And to ensure this NEVER happens to you again.
How millions end up on BAD drug combos
Doctors are your FIRST line of defense against bad meds, drug interactions, and pills that NEVER should be taken together.
But, unfortunately, because of everything from exhaustion to incompetence, that barrier often fails. Which is why there’s a SECOND line of defense… your pharmacist.
Your pharmacist is supposed to double-check for drug interactions to make sure you’re NEVER taking two meds that don’t mix.
But the truth is that secondary backup often FAILS TOO.
In fact, a stunning new report reveals that seniors are FREQUENT victims of this kind of mix up. They’re often prescribed multiple medications that don’t mix. And that leaves a lot of folks facing terrible risks from drug interactions… up to and including death… as a result.
The new study finds that 25 percent of folks over the age of 55 who take multiple meds are on combinations KNOWN to have drug interactions. Past the age of 70, that number skyrockets to 33 percent.
And women in particular face the highest risk of all.
The ladies are 90 percent more likely than the guys to be given drug combos known to be dangerous. And they’re at a 60 percent higher risk of facing drug interactions as a result.
3 steps prevent dangerous drug interactions
The numbers came from an analysis of prescription records in Brazil. But don’t think we’re off the hook here in the United States. If anything, it’s WORSE – and our own numbers PROVE it.
One in three ER visits in the U.S. is due to drug interactions. The most common drugs likely to interact with others include…
- heartburn drugs (especially PPIs)
- blood thinners
- blood pressure meds
- statins for cholesterol
Plus, the more meds you take – of any kind – the higher your risk. And that can lead to memory loss, fatigue, frailty, and more.
In other words, that mysterious, absolute garbage feeling I mentioned earlier.
So take three steps to avoid dangerous drug interactions instead…
- When your doc prescribes a med, don’t assume he knows what you’re on and is checking for drug interactions. ASK. And remind him of your allergies.
- This is DOUBLY true for specialists, who may not be aware of what other meds you’re on from your primary care doctor (and vice-versa, for that matter).
- Have all your prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy. And then always double-check with the pharmacist when picking up your meds to ensure you’re not on a dangerous combo.
It’s also a good idea to schedule a “brown bag” check-up once a year or so. This is when you take ALL of the meds and supplements you are on to a visit with your doctor or pharmacist.
They can then check for any potential drug interactions. As well as discuss the possibility of dropping any drugs you might not need anymore.