There is no substitute for sound medical advice. Before taking any drug, learn all about it. Here are some suggestions for protecting yourself:
Tell each doctor you see about all the medications you are taking — both prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Mention any vitamin and nutritional supplements, and whether you drink alcohol or smoke tobacco.
If you’re taking a number of medications, bring the containers with you to show the doctor; have them recorded in your file.
Never start or stop taking any medications without talking to your doctor first.
It’s smart to keep a list of your medications with you at all times, along with information about the dose and frequency.