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Preventing Drug Reactions:


Previous Adverse Reaction to a Drug
People who have had an adverse drug reaction in the past are more likely to have adverse reactions to other drugs, even though the drugs are unrelated.  This suggests that some people may have a genetic inborn predispostion to unusual or abnormal drug responses.  Always tell your doctor about any history of prior adverse drug experiences.

Allergies
Some people are allergic by nature have hay fever, asthma, eczema, hives, and are more likely to develop allergies to drugs.  The allergic patient must be watched very closely when medicines are used.  Known drug allergies must be written in the medical record.  The patient must tell every health care provider that he of she is allergic by nature and is allergic to specific drugs. 

Precautions in Use
Patients should know any special precautions needed while taking a drug.  This includes advisablility of use during pregnancy or while nursing, precautions on sun exposure or ultraviolet lamps, avoidance of extreme heat or cold, heavy physical exertion.

Dose
It is important to take any medicine exactly as prescribed.  This is most important with drugs that have narrow margins of safety.  Call your doctor if nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or other problems interfere with taking your medicine as prescribed.

Interaction
Some drugs can interact with foods including vitamins and some herbal remedies, alcohol, and other drugs prescriptions and nonprescriptions.  The patient must be told about all likely interactions.  If during the course of treatment you feel you have discovered a new interaction, tell your doctor so that its full significance can be determined.

Warning Symptoms
Many drugs will cause symptoms that are early warnings of developing adverse effects:  Severe headaches, visual disturbances.  It is imperative that you know symptoms and signs that could be early warnings of adverse reactions.  The patient is the empowered to act in his or her own behalf. 

Advanced Age
When we age or as some disease processes progress, vital organs may not work as well and can greatly influence the body's response to drugs.
These patients often poorly tolerate drugs with intervals.  The effects of drugs on the elderly and severely ill are often unpredictable.

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