Mixing Medication

by Christa Lollis

As you take medicine for your headache, a sore throat and maybe a stomach ache, you could be taking a deadly combination. You could also take too much of one prescription which is what officials believe happened in the case of Heath Ledger. "He became disoriented and forgot which ones and how often he had taken them. Then he kept taking them. That's what the trouble with his case was and it could happen to anybody," Steve Mohr, a local pharmacist, explains. That's why experts say keeping your medical information in one place is important. Then, the pharmacy can warn you of possible side effects. "If you get one prescription filled somewhere and get another prescription filled at another pharmacy they wouldn't be able to tell you, they wouldn't know if you're taking a drug that would interact with another drug," Mohr said.

If you mix the wrong medicine, you could get the exact opposite effect of what you're hoping for. He says, "It's either an additive effect, you get more drowsy than you would normally. That's usually the biggest one. There are some drugs that you can not take together but those are rare." Though rare, there are deadly combinations. Mohr says the deadly mix is easily prevented. So read the instructions and ask your pharmacist questions.