Condo Tips: Medicines You Should Never Take Together

Jan 09, 2022

Today, more than ever before, you have more opportunities to learn about your health and take better care of yourself, even just inside your condo living. It's also more vital than ever to understand the various medications you take. If you take many medicines, visit multiple doctors, or have particular health issues, you and your doctors need to be aware of everything you're taking. You'll be able to prevent problems like drug interactions in doing so.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions can reduce the effectiveness of your medicine, induce unanticipated adverse effects, or boost the impact of a drug. Some drug interactions might be dangerous to your health. It is vital to read the label every time you use nonprescription or prescription medications and to understand their unique drug interactions. With a little information and common sense, you can limit the risk of potentially fatal side effects of drug interactions.

So, what are the medicines that can't be taken at the same time? We curated a list of the most common medicines that should never be used together, and hence the most harmful. These are the most commonly taken, and in some cases, combined medications.

Medicines You Should Never Mix

If you don't feel like you're not in the best shape of your life, suffering from sore throat, headache, muscle ache, and runny nose, COVID-19, a common cold, or the flu might be the culprit. It might be difficult to tell which condition is causing your symptoms because they are all so similar. Nonetheless, it is ideal to acquire medicines to ease symptoms and boost health and immunity. Here are some medicines, however, that you should not take together:

Alaxan, Biogesic, Neozep

Alaxan, Biogesic, and Neozep are all paracetamol that is used to treat aches, pain, or reduce a high temperature. Taking the three at the same time, or a combination, may result in paracetamol overdose and can lead to liver failure and liver failure can be fatal.

Alaxan, Medicol, Aspirin, Advil, Naproxen, Mefenamic Acid

Alaxan, Medicol, Aspirin, Advil, Naproxen, and Mefenamic Acid are non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS). Taking all of them, or a combination, at the same time may cause overdose and toxicity, with typical signs and symptoms being nausea, headache drowsiness, dizziness, and blurred vision. Massive ingestion for a long period of time can interfere with digestive processes and can cause ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Neozep and BioFlu

Neozep and BioFlu are the same product with different brand names. They both have Phenylephrine HCI, Chlorpehenamine Maleate, Paracetamol. Taking them together can cause an overdose.

Clarithromycin and Ergotamine

Clarithromycin is an antibiotic used to treat various bacterial infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. On the other hand, Ergotamine has vasoconstrictor activities that treat vascular headaches, such as migraine. Clarithromycin and ergotamine should not be taken at the same time. The combination of these drugs may greatly increase blood pressure levels and the effects of ergotamine, which in some situations might result in excessive constriction of blood vessels in the body. High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and gangrene are all rare but significant adverse effects that might result from this 

Mixing Medicines and Dietary Supplements

Do you also take a vitamin or other dietary supplement while you take prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications? Has it occurred to you that combining medications and dietary supplements may be hazardous?

Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and enzymes. A wide range of dietary supplements is available, from pills and capsules to candies and powders to beverages and energy bars. 

If you use dietary supplements along with your medication, you may be altering the way your medicines act within your body. Some dietary supplements can boost the effectiveness of some medications while may diminish them. Certain dietary supplements can alter a medication's ability to be absorbed, metabolized, or excreted, affecting its efficacy. You might be getting too much or too little of a medication that you are required.

Here are some interactions between dietary supplements and medicines:

Iron Supplements and Antibiotics

Some antibiotics may be rendered impotent if you use iron supplements with them. This is because iron supplements can decrease how much antibiotic the stomach can absorb. Taking iron two hours before or two hours after the antibiotics may avoid this interaction.

Probiotics and Antibiotics

Antibiotics can destroy the bacteria from the probiotics, so don't take the two at the same time. You have to wait a couple of hours after taking the antibiotic before you drink your probiotics.

Ginkgo Biloba and Warfarin / Aspirin and Vitamin E

Ginkgo Biloba thins the blood. It might be dangerous if you're on a prescription blood thinner like warfarin. Also, Aspirin and vitamin E are both blood thinners, and taking them together might result in a stroke or internal bleeding.


Some drugs may stay in your system longer if you consume this beverage since it inhibits the body's ability to break them down.

Avoiding Drug Interactions

Read the product labels. 

You will discover the medication's purpose and how it interacts with other prescriptions, how to take it, and how to avoid undesired side effects.

Make an appointment with your doctor and ask him or her questions.

Take a look at the Internet before bringing in any inquiries you may have about a new prescription or over-the-counter drug. Your doctor will check to see if the details you read on the internet are accurate for you. If you're going to look something up on the Internet, be sure to go to a reputable institution such as the NIH or CDC.

Ask assistance from the pharmacists.

The pharmacist is an excellent source of information. He or she can answer questions before you buy an over-the-counter drug or supplement. Just make sure your doctor knows that you've started taking a new medication, even if you obtain all the information you need from the pharmacist. 

Medications play a significant role in the treatment of a wide range of health issues. Their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties have saved many lives. However, medicines have their drawbacks.

Medicines interact with your body and each other in a delicate equilibrium. Side effects and drug interactions might occur when the balance shifts.

Knowledge is the best defense. Ask a pharmacist, either in person or over the phone, if you're unsure how a specific cold, cough, and flu formula interacts with any other medication or supplement you're taking.

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