Drug Interactions

Drug interactions occur when similar drugs or opposing drugs causing effects on the body when administered together. It occurs due to changes in absorption, metabolism, or elimination of drugs. They are of three types. They are drug-to-drug interactions where there is an interaction of drugs with other drugs, drug-food interactions where the drug interacts with food, and drug-disease interactions where the drug interacts with the disease.

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I have been on blood pressure medication for over six months. Is it fine to use Ozempic injections to lose belly fat along with blood pressure medications?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it good to use Ozempic injections while on blood pressure medication? I have been on blood pressure medication for over six months and I am seeing positive changes, but have gained a lot of weight and the doctor warned that I have to shed some to reduce the risk of diabetes. Is it s...  Read Full »

Dr. Yash Kathuria

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern regarding the Ozempic (Semaglutide) injection. This injection is completely safe with blood pressure medications. It has been shown to have a very good effect on weight loss, cholesterol reduction, and even blood pressure reduction. As you l...  Read Full »

Is it OK for my 80-year-old diabetic father to take Cilostazol along with other blood thinners?

Query: Hi, My 80-year-old father has been diabetic for the past 30 years and hypertensive for the past five years. He has had bypass surgery and a stroke in the past. He had shooting pain in his right foot for two days, so we consulted a podiatrist. He changed his one medicine from capsule Maxgalin 75 mg t...  Read Full »

Dr. Manish N. Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. I have a few suggestions for you, 1. Cilostazol is not a blood thinner. It helps patients with peripheral vascular disease. The foot pain could be due to autonomic neuropathy, which is expected in long-standing diabeti...  Read Full »

Is it safe to use Foracort inhaler along with nebulizer in a 76-year-old patient?

Query: Hi doctor,My mother is 76 years old and has Alzheimer's for the last five years along with ischemic heart disease, hypothyroidism, and type 2 diabetes. Recently, she developed COPD. The doctor recommended Foracort 400 inhaler twice a day and Foracort 0.5 mg respules through nebulizer once a day alon...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your question. I can understand your concern. May I know her Alzheimer’s and IHD drugs. And, better not to take Foracort (Budesonide and Formoterol) three times a day. I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your mother. Thanks.  Read Full »

I am currently taking Zoloft and Vistaril, but I also drink alcohol sometimes. Is it safe to take Vistaril and drink alcohol?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old male, and I am currently taking Zoloft and Vistaril. I take Zoloft and Vistaril as needed, once and sometimes twice daily. I rarely drink alcohol and know about its interactions with Zoloft, but it is harder to find the interactions with Vistaril. I know I cannot dri...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Vistaril's (Hydroxyzine Pamoate) half-life is around 14 hours, so that it will stay in your system for more than one day. It depends upon your hepatic function. If your liver function is impaired, it will stay in the system longer. If you tak...  Read Full »

Are Paxil and Crestor safe when taken together?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking Ativan 0.5 mg for some time now but my nurse practitioner wants me off. So, she prescribed Paxil 20 mg once daily. I am also on Crestor 10 mg. Are all of these safe together?  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is always a good idea to be sure. Paxil (Paroxetine) is a respected and very effective SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) and commonly used to treat major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, etc. Unlike Ativan (Lorazepam)...  Read Full »

Can we take vitamin B supplements and antifungal tablets together?

Query: Hi doctor, Can we take vitamin B supplements and antifungal tablets together? Will that react? How to take both medicines? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the information provided on your end, and I do understand your concern. However, there is no problem taking vitamin B supplements and oral antifungal medications together. They do not cause drug interactions and do not react with each other. As per y...  Read Full »

I am a 24-year-old who has been prescribed multiple drugs for mental health issues. Is it safe to take the medications together?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old man, my weight is 125 pounds, and my height is 5.4". My doctor prescribed tablets Buspirone HCL 15 mg, tablet Citalopram hydrobromide HCL 40 mg, and tablet Cyclobenzaprine HCL 10 mg. I wanted to know if consuming all these medicines simultaneously is safe. Could I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. The drugs you mentioned have a similar mechanism of action, but the adverse effects cannot be predicted for all these drugs. No deciding factor will help decide which will work the best. You should follow the recommen...  Read Full »

What medicine should I avoid while taking Lithium and Quetiapine?

Query: Hi doctor, I am on Lithium 600 mg per day and Quetiapine 300 mg per day. I would like to know what kind of food, beverages and medicines I should avoid.  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Regarding Lithium: Medications for depression (antidepressant drugs) interact with it. Do not take Lithium if you are taking medications for depression. Some of these medications include SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like Fluoxetine and oth...  Read Full »

Can I take alpha-lipoic acid and L-lysine together?

Query: Hello doctor,Can I take alpha-lipoic acid and L-lysine together? Also, does L-lysine help in dizziness?  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand you are concerned about the drug to drug interactions and also L-lysine role in helping dizziness. L-lysine has no established role in helping with dizziness. Although there are some studies showing benefits to some extent, in patients with chronic anxie...  Read Full »

Is it safe to pair Gabapentin with Metoclopramide?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from chronic migraines, and I take Gabapentin, 1800 mg daily for prevention. Recently, a GP recommended Metoclopramide, 30 mg daily to help with nausea, but I have yet to take it, as I am concerned about the combination. Is this a safe pair of drugs to use together? Thank you...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. I would like to state that Gabapentin and Metoclopramide have no major interactions and can be taken together. However, there are reports of increased side effects such as giddiness and sedation. Some of the individuals with...  Read Full »

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