Don't know if you can mix your medicines with each other or with other products?

Tips for Preventing Drug Interactions and Side Effects:

  • If you ever have any questions about your medicines, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or call NC Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.
  • Take all medications with at least several swallows of water and stand or sit upright, if possible.
  • Notify your doctor of recent or sudden weight loss or a lengthy period of vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms may be caused by a medicine. More importantly, doses of your medicines may have to be changed if you have lost weight or become dehydrated.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any over-the-counter (OTC), herbal, natural, or homeopathic nutritional supplements you are taking. These can interact with your medications.
  • Just because a product is "over-the-counter" or "natural" does not mean it is totally safe. Follow package instructions and warnings carefully. Visit our Non-Prescription Medicines page for information on common non-prescription medicines.
  • Most medicines and supplements can cause minor adverse effects. Some should not be taken by people with certain medical conditions. Never take more than the dose recommended on the package.
  • Many prescription pain medications and natural products, cough suppressants, sinus/allergy, and stomach medicines contain the same or similar ingredients found in OTC products. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if there are OTC products you should not take while taking prescription medication.

Download and print our brochure, Preventing Drug Interactions and Side Effects in Seniors. You may also receive a copy by mail when you order a Senior Pack through our online store.