Are you just feeling bad, or is it a reaction?

Any medication has the potential to cause and adverse reaction. Whether you’re taking a prescription medication or something over-the-counter, it’s best to be aware of what reactions you may face and what to do in order to deal with the reactions.

Reactions that deal with the gastrointestinal system are probably some of the most common reactions out there. Nausea after some medicines is very common, especially if not taken according to instructions like “take after (or before, or with) food”.

Allergic reactions are also a major concern when taking a medication. You may experience:

  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Trouble breathing
  • or a combination

Every allergic reaction is different, so be alert to how you’re feeling after you take any sort of medication.

Most medications also state in their instructions whether you need to ingest them with food or if it is okay to take it on an empty stomach. Take time out to ask your pharmacist if you should be aware of any common reactions to particular foods or whether you should take a new medication with other medicines. One food item to be particularly aware of is grapefruit and grapefruit juice – it can amplify the strength of some medications!

It’s never a good idea to drink alcohol when taking any sort of medication. Alcohol can increase reactions of dizziness or nausea, so stay away from alcoholic beverages when you’re not feeling well.

You should always take medication exactly how the instructions tell you to use it. They are written there to keep you safe and make you aware of any issues that you may have. Remember, if you have any questions, always ask your physician and your pharmacist for advice.