Before You Swallow that Pill, Digest these Facts


Being well informed about your medications can be a matter of life and death.

Did you know that antacids can prevent certain antibiotics, blood-thinners and heart medications from being absorbed into the blood stream? And that even healthy things, like eating green leafy vegetables, drinking grapefruit juice and using salt substitutes, can affect common medications?

Prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and foods can combine in potentially harmful ways, causing Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs). Severe ADRs cause the death, hospitalization or serious injury of more than two million Americans every year.

Express-Scripts Drug Information helps you get the information you need to take medication safely. Go to to search for a drug by name (generic or brand), health condition or drug category. Then click your exact medication and choose from a list of questions, including:

  • What is the most important information I should know about this drug?
  • What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking it?
  • What should I avoid while taking it?
  • What are the possible side effects?
  • What other drugs will affect it?

You can help to prevent ADRs by making sure you understand why your doctor prescribes a medication and how to take it properly.

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