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Q: Use of the Internet for safe prescription drug use and patient safety as. . . ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Use of the Internet for safe prescription drug use and patient safety as. . .
Category: Health
Asked by: health777-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 20 Aug 2006 15:07 PDT
Expires: 19 Sep 2006 15:07 PDT
Question ID: 757929
Use of the Internet for safe prescription drug use and patient safety
as mentioned in Are there websites, in any
country, which would allow a patient to list the prescription drugs
they use and check to see if there is any information that indicates
that, combining the drugs they personally use would not be wise, or
the drugs they use would be contraindicated, in their particular
medical situation. If not, what websites could a patient use to help
them in pursuing the safe, intelligent use of prescription drugs and
allow them a second check on the safety of their doctor?s
Subject: Re: Use of the Internet for safe prescription drug use and patient safety as. . .
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 20 Aug 2006 16:28 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again Health777,  

There are websites that provide a tool to obtain the precise
information you described. They are called drug interaction checkers.

For example:

DrugDigest is a noncommercial, evidence-based, consumer health and
drug information site dedicated to empowering consumers to make
informed choices about drugs and treatment options.,4082,,00.html

Check potential interactions between two or more drugs here:

Instructions for Checking Drug Interactions
1.	Type at least the first three letters of the Drug name, then click
Search. If you are searching for an over-the-counter product, you will
need to search for the ingredients of the product.
2.	Find the desired drug or ingredients in the Search Results. 
3.	Select the desired drug, and then use the Right Arrow Button to
include the drug in the Interaction List. (The Left Arrow Button can
be used to remove drugs from the Interaction List.)
4.	Repeat these steps to add all desired drugs to the Interaction List. 
5.	Click the Check Interactions button to find potential interactions.

========================== also provides a Drug Interaction Checker

?A drug interaction occurs when the effect of a particular drug is
altered when it is taken with another drug, or with food. The Drug
Interactions Guide explains the mechanism of each drug interaction,
the level of significance of the interaction (major, moderate or
minor), and in certain cases, can provide the recommended course of
action to manage the interaction.

To use the  Drug Interactions Checker   click on  ?I AGREE?

Follow the instructions to search for medicines. Then click on the
"CHECK INTERACTIONS NOW" button to view interactions between your
chosen medicines.


Discovery Health also has a  Drug Interaction Checker

Find the drug you are investigating by using the alphabetical list. 
Then, in the box below the alphabet list select a drug and click on "+
Add a drug to your list".
Repeat the process for a second, third and, if you wish, more drug choices. 
Click on the "check interaction!" button to see the results. 


Health A to Z Drug Interactions

Drug Interactions Guide

Lists drug-food interactions and drug-drug interactions for your
chosen medications. There are three simple steps:

SEARCH - Searches our drug database for all medications matching the
name or names you have entered (some drugs are available in more than
one formulation)

ADD - Adds the name or names of the one or more drugs you have chosen
to your personal drug list

CHECK - Checks for drug-food and drug-drug interactions


Check My Meds

Check My Meds allows you to take the preventive step of determining
whether the drugs you are taking interact with each other, or interact
with certain foods, and cause a bad reaction in your body.


IQHealth SubScribeRX Drug Checker 

Check for drug-to-drug, drug-to-food interactions and check for
allergic reactivity for many medications.


Database of Antiretroviral Drug Interactions

Search by Antiretroviral Drug 
Select an FDA-approved antiretroviral and view interactions with other
drugs specified by drug name or drug class, or view "all

Search by Interacting Drug 
Select any drug in the database and view all interactions with
FDA-approved antiretrovirals.

Search by Interacting Drug Class 
Select any drug class in the database and view all interactions with
FDA-approved antiretrovirals.

About the Database of Antiretroviral Drug Interactions


Search terms used: 
drug interactions
drug interaction checker

I hope the resources provided are helpful!

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by health777-ga on 22 Aug 2006 11:25 PDT
Did your search results provide information for people about
?contra-indications?? As you probably know 'contraindication' is the
technical term for a condition where the medicine isn't suitable for
you because you have a condition that may make it dangerous. For
example, it may not be advisable to take certain medications if you:
Drink heavily, are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, are
known to be allergic to particular drugs, have a stomach condition,
have kidney or have liver disease.

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 22 Aug 2006 12:33 PDT
Hello again Health777,

RxList provides drug contraindication information.

Enter name of drug and click on ?GoList?

For example I entered Tylenol

From the results I chose the generic name ?Acetaminophen?
Then choose ?OVERDOSE CONTRAINDICATIONS? from the top menu bar to
obtain contraindication information for the particular drug.

Best regards, 

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 22 Aug 2006 12:55 PDT
The MedMaster Patient Drug Information database also provides useful
drug information for the consumer.

Drug Information: 

Browse by first letter of generic or brand name drug
health777-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $50.00
Good work, but you always do a good search!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Subject: Re: Use of the Internet for safe prescription drug use and patient safety as. . .
From: bobbie7-ga on 23 Aug 2006 14:19 PDT
Thanks again for the nice rating and generous tip!

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