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What is a drug interaction?

Sometimes researchers discover that certain drugs, foods, or vitamin or herbal supplements affect one another and can make a medication less, or more, powerful than was intended or lead to other side effects. Other times a patient may neglect to divulge all medications that he or she is taking and unintentionally set up a situation for altered effectiveness or side effects. Both cases describe interactions - when substances behave differently in combination from how they would on their own.
 

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