- Last Updated: 02 March 2016 02 March 2016
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It is important to take extra steps to avoid medication interactions or errors, like being sure that the risks and benefits, side-effects and proper use of medications are reviewed and understood by the patient before leaving the visit. All doctors and healthcare providers should be told which medications and supplements are being used, in order to prevent interactions.
One serious and potentially life-threatening interaction is called, Serotonin Syndrome, which can happen if too many products are combined that increase serotonin levels.
Some foods and beverages can affect how some medications work, so medications should usually be taken with water (unless otherwise instructed).
And when picking up prescriptions from the pharmacy, it is a good idea to double-check them while at the counter to see if they are the right medication and in the right amount