Dr. Lewis was recently interviewed by MAX magazine about the safe use of prescription medications.
Mixing and matching’ medications.
How many people, often celebrities,do you hear about in the news who have died because of mixing their prescription meds? Actor Heath Ledger’s autopsy report says that he died of acute intoxication brought on by the combined effects of several prescription medications,including oxycodone (a narcoticpain medication) and diazepam (asedative).
How to Prevent a tragedy: by asking your doctor or pharmacist whether two medications or Crushing/breaking/chewing your medication. “Many pills are ingenious drug delivery systems in disguise, covered inlayers of coatings to ensure that medication is released slowly and in strategic locations in your digestive tract,” says Dr. Lewis. “All of that ingenuity is completely foiled if you chew or crush the pill. Instead of sweet therapeutic relief, you’ll get an immediate and potentially fatal release of medication into the body.”
How to prevent: Swallow your pills whole, unless your doctor tells you otherwise (for example, if you’re tapering down a medication and your doctor says you can break the pill for a half dosage). If you have trouble swallowing pills, ask your doctor or pharmacist if the medication comes in a liquid form.substances can be taken together, recommends Moshe Lewis, MD, Chief of Physical Medicine “Learn about a medication’s potential interactions with alcohol, other prescription medicines andover-the-counter medicines, ” he says. “ You can and should ask your doctor, even if you decide to take a new non-prescription remedy. Over-the-counter medications, herbs and supplements are particularly misleading because we think of them as less harmful than their prescription counterparts. Yet every year, patients have to under go emergency organ transplants due to haphazard combinations of seemingly harmless herbals.