Index to Prescription Drugs' Side-Effects, Manufacturers, Active Ingredients, Recalls, and Other News
Reactions from mixing two or more drugs in the body are called "drug interactions." A drug interaction can cause effects such as a rash, stomach upset or sleepiness.
Getting too much of one medicine is called "overmedication" or "drug overdose."
Older people are more likely to have drug interactions or drug overdosages because:
- They are more likely to take a number of different drugs.
- Their bodies use food and drugs slowly. This means that it may take longer for a drug to start working. Drugs also may stay in their bodies longer. This can cause too much of the medicine to be in the body.
Click on the links below to see side effects from many commonly prescribed medicines.