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Sometimes medication errors or mishaps occur and they aren’t occurring just in hospitals and pharmacies.  You can unknowingly be doing causing more harm than good when you self medicate with OTC medications or take your medicine with your favorite fruit.  Below are 3 common, but harmful mistakes that women make everyday.

  • NSAIDs & Antidepressants: NSAIDs stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and includes common pain relievers such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aspirin and their brand name counterparts.   If you take NSAIDs with your selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI (a type of antidepressant), you can negatively mess with the efficacy of your SSRI.  Common SSRIs are Celexa, Zoloft, and Prozac.
  • Grapefruit & Antihistamines: Grapefruit (and it’s juice) increases the amount of antihistamine absorbed by your body, thus increasing side effects like drowsiness.  That’s great if you’re preparing for bed…maybe not such a good idea before you’re headed to work or planning to operate heavy machinery. 
  • St. John’s Wort & BC Pills:  Looking for a natural way to treat depression, but don’t want to get pregnant?  Don’t take St. John’s Wort and your birth control pills at the same time.  This natural herb is known for decreasing the effectiveness of BC pills.  More than a few women have reportedly ended up pregnant after taking both pills.  If you insist upon taking this herb, then consult your healthcare provider about switching to a different method of contraception like an IUD or the Patch.   **You may also want to avoid using this herb if you’re on blood thinners like Warfarin (Coumadin) and anti-anxiety meds like Alpralozam (Xanax).

As with everything, be sure to consult a medical professional about combining your prescription pills with herbs or OTC meds.

Remember ladies, keep a healthy demeanor both inside and out.