Elixirs, which are hydroalcoholic liquids, have between 5 and 40 percent alcohol content (that's equal to 10 to 80 proof). Nyquil Cough for instance, contains 25 percent; and Dramamine Liquid, 5 percent.
Is it true antibiotics reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills?
Yes, it's possible that antibiotics could reduce the effectiveness of your birth control pills (and some other types of contraception that contain estrogen). Unwanted pregnancies could occur, so use a backup method.
True or false: Combining prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety medications can be fatal.
True. One in three people take the risky combination of prescription opioid-derived painkillers such as codeine and prescription anti-anxiety meds or muscle relaxants, such as Percocet. Both are depressants, and accidentally taking too much can lower both your heart rate and breathing rate -- which may be fatal.
Combining what type of medication with your daily cholesterol-lowering statin may cause a condition called rhabdomyolysis?
Combining LDL-lowering simvastatin with certain antifungals may lead to 10 times the amount of statins circulating in your body than intended. This can lead to muscle injury called myopathy, and a severe condition that causes muscle breakdown, called rhabdomyolysis.
Because they are H1-receptor antagonists (that's antihistamines) with similar active ingredients, combining sneeze-stopping diphenhydramine, such as Benadryl, and motion sickness remedies containing dimenhydrinate, such as Dramamine, can increase your drowsiness.
Which potentially toxic drug medley caused a 65 percent increase in hospitalizations between 1999 and 2006?
anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines and melatonin
benzodiazepines, glucophage and NSAIDs
benzodiazepines, narcotic painkillers and sleeping pills
Taking this all-prescription combination of central nervous system depressants -- benzodiazepines (such as Xanax for panic attacks), opioid painkillers (such as oxycodone for a back injury), and sleeping pills (such as Ambien because you're too stressed to sleep) comes with a high risk of respiratory failure and accidental overdose.
While using the over-the-counter herbal supplement St. John's wort to relieve anxiety and depression symptoms, which cough-suppressing ingredient could cause a potentially deadly condition called serotonin syndrome?
Taking cough medicine with the active ingredient dextromethorphan may increase the amount of serotonin in your body to toxic levels, a condition called serotonin syndrome, when you combine it with St. John's wort.
If you're taking spironolactone, a diuretic known as Aldactone and used to treat heart failure, which antibiotic may increase your potassium levels to potentially deadly levels?
Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX) may cause high potassium levels and may double the risk of sudden death in seniors when taken with spironolactone. High blood potassium levels are linked to irregular heartbeat.