| "But darling,
I swear took the pill."
Sure, you did. But you must
have also taken another medication, which interacted
with the pill to make it ineffective. This is
a typical case of drug interaction - a definite
risk when you take more than one medication.
Drug interaction is the action of one drug upon
the effectiveness or toxicity of another. Most
cases of drug misuse arise when patients change
doctors for their problems and receive multiple
medications without a primary care physician overseeing
the health care of the patient. This can be life
threatening at times.
Avoid self medication. If you have diabetes, asthma,
heart ailments, high blood pressure, or if you
are on oral contraceptives, inform your doctor.
Be aware of what you are consuming- its correct
dosage, side effects- ask questions. If you consume
alcohol or OTC products be sure to understand
how it might react with your medications. Always
read the fine print on any prescription label.
Watch out for prescription labels that say "Take