In parties, we love mixing drinks to come up with unique tasting alcoholic cocktails. Bloody Mary mixes vodka, tomato juice, worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce and lemon juice. Margarita blends in tequila, Cointreau and lime juice. The very popular Martini takes in gin and vermouth to give a smooth mixture.
Creating mixes, though, should not be extended to the intake of prescription drugs. You may have noticed that your doctor asks you about other medications you may be currently taking before he prescribes you a certain medicine. Mixing prescription drugs, unlike mixing alcohol, is very dangerous and can be fatal.
When taken separately, the drugs work to your advantage, relieving you of any pain or symptom that you may be suffering from. When taken together or within a short period of time, the drugs may intensify or counteract the action of the other, or the combination may bring a different set of effects. Thousands of deaths related to the accidental overdose or mixing of prescription drugs are reported every year, and many are still at risk.
To avoid prescription drug mixing, create your own medication list that covers all drugs you take in, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbal medicines, vitamins, and dietary supplements. Always inform your doctor about the medications you are having so he can prescribe the right medicine. Update the list regularly and make sure you separate the old drugs from the new ones. Do not take old medications when you feel old symptoms coming back without telling your doctor first.