Prescription medicines are supposed to help you feel better not worse, right? Unfortunately 140,000 Australians wind up in hospital each year because of a bad reaction to their meds.
The National Prescribing Service has launched an online tool, the NPS Medicine Name Finder, that enables people to search for information about their medications by either the active ingredient name as well as the brand name. Click the link for Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) search and enter the names of any prescription and pharmacist-only medicines you are taking to learn of any hazards specific to your medications, and to ensure you are taking them in the intended manner.
Another highly valuable online tool is called Pill Advised. Pill Advised is a free online tool designed by New York based integrative medicine expert and author, Dr. Leo Galland. Pill Advised enables you to enter in all medications and supplements you are taking, and gives information on what interactions exists between them, which nutrients they may deplete and what interactions with food exists. For example proton pump inhibitors such as Nexium lower levels of calcium, vitamin B12, carotene and folic acid. Many medications should not be combined with grapefruit juice and alcohol. This online tool gives you a personalized table of all information of this kind based on what you are taking.