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Traci
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   Posted 1/26/2018 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm taking a long list of pharmaceutical medications, herbs, and supplements. What is the easiest way to figure out if all these things I'm taking every day have any interactions with each other?? I thought about asking a pharmacist but I'm not sure if they will look over the long list of things and check each one by one. plus I don't think they know very much about herbs and supplements from the questions I have asked in the past. Help?

Casa11
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   Posted 1/26/2018 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I’ve often tried to figure out the same kinds of things.

There are online interaction checkers, which allow you to type in all meds & check them for interactions. I did find one that also let you put in supplements as well. It also added on if there were any food interactions as well .

I was disappointed that the particular herbal supplement I was trying to cross check with my meds wasn’t one that they had in their lists of info. I only tried it for that ont specific herb though, maybe they do have some of the other more common herbs & supplements , I don’t know.

It’s worth a try!

I also always ask both my llmd & my Nd about any potential interactions. I carry a current written list to all appointments, because I often forget a few things on my list.

Other than that, if you list all items in your regimen , perhaps some of the more experienced members on here could let you know if anything jumps out at them.

Girlie
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   Posted 1/26/2018 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I use this drug interaction checker:

/www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html

Plus - if it's antibiotic combos (I've just about seen them all now...lol) I also refer to an online treatment book that I subscribe to.


And..you can also double check with the Pharmacist when you fill the prescriptions.

Go ahead and post them here...someone would have most likely been prescribed the combo before.
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   Posted 1/26/2018 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Trying to determine the many POSSIBLE interactions is likely going to be difficult, if you have a bunch of each. I don't think even pharmaceutical companies, with their budget of billions of dollars, test multiple interactions. They might test a few, since they are now combining multiple medications into a single pill, but I believe the testing is quite limited in scope. Again, that's just medications - not herbs and/or supplements.

I'd suggest a different approach by trying to determine if you really need to be on all the various medications, herbs, and supplements.

Obviously, don't make any changes (especially to medications), without first discussing with your qualified healthcare providers. But, my experience has been that many (certainly not all) Integrative/Functional/Lyme-Literate Doctors will just put people on a long list of supplements without good evidence they are needed and/or are effective. They can cherry-pick data for supplements, like they do when recommending diets.

I'd especially be wary of those providers who also sell supplements. A couple of my providers purposely don't sell supplements, because they don't want the conflict of interest, whether real or perceived.

My apologies for not having a helpful answer to your question. And, it's not my intent to sound negative about medications, herbs, and supplements. There's no doubt that some of those have been helpful for me, in certain situations. They've also helped many here, as the comments show. But, sometimes we get on them and there's no clearly-defined path to get off of them.

I applaud your wisdom in asking the question.

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   Posted 1/27/2018 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Since I use a lot of herbals, and am always watching for things that my hubby can take with his pharma drugs that he needs, I have looked "high and low" for a search engine that would help with interactions with pharma drugs and herbs. What I have found is that in order to have access to a reliable one, it will cost the person a monthly or yearly fee. Boy, do I wish this wasn't so!!!!

I do use Drugs.com a lot and then I have a few favorite herbalists (learned about and follow online) that I check their sites for, but it's highly doubtful that anything short of a very experienced herbalist (ha ha, not me, I'm only just starting!) would really know enough about herbs AND pharmaceuticals to be able to know which ones would interact - when talking about them in general, in a big picture sort of way.

You may find that a Lyme herbalist could be of help though - they may have had enough patients on different pharma meds that they are treating with herbs to actually know.

That's part of the reason I just chose to go 'all herbal'. It's easier to understand the interactions when I stick to one or the other. LOL.
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