How to Avoid Vitamin and Prescription Drug Interactions

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Hi, I'm Dr. Vonda Wright. Do you take any prescription drugs? If so, it's important to watch out for potential drug interactions with nutritional supplements. Here are three common mixing mistakes you want to avoid. Do not take vitamin E if you're also taking the blood thinner Warfarin. You have an increased risk of uncontrolled bleeding. Avoid taking vitamin A, if you are also taking an oral retinoid drug for acne, that combination can raise the vitamin to toxic levels in your body because retinoids are derived from vitamin A.

Magnesium, even in the form of a multivitamin can mess up the absorption of Bisphosphonates drugs which treat osteoporosis. Take these at least two hours apart. The same goes for bisphosphonates and calcium supplements. There are many different interactions between drugs and supplements. To be safe and smart, bring a list of every prescription drug, over-the-counter medication, vitamin, mineral and herbal supplementation you take to every doctor's visit.

You can even put everything in a bag and bring it with you. This way your doctor won't forget to ask, and you won't forget to mention something you're taking. For more ways to stay healthy, watch all our tips right here.