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07 February 2008 @ 04:04 am
Even skin creams can kill you!  
As Heath Ledger's death highlights the dangers of mixing pain, sleep and anxiety meds, an article in Health magazine explains why people have died from using certain skin creams, gels or ointments in the wrong amounts or combined with certain medications. How tragic is it to die for smooth legs?

One point (thanks, squirrelboiler!) in response to Heath Ledger's death is that if you get all your meds from one doctor and one pharmacy, the computer will alert them to the possible drug interactions and they can counsel you about them. It is highly likely that actors and actresses get meds on location when they're filming and that they fall through this safety net. In that case they should keep a list of medications that have been prescribed for them, whether they are currently using them or not, so the new doctor can tell them not to take some meds together.

I also read recently that the popular herb St. John's Wort can't be taken with several commonly used prescription drugs because it concentrates their ingredients. Be sure to list supplements and herbs if you keep a list of medications for your doctor.
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Mari Adkinsmariadkins on February 7th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
It is highly likely that actors and actresses get meds on location when they're filming and that they fall through this safety net.

A lot of regular, every day people don't either - and some do this on purpose.

And yeah, St John's Wort is good, but it interacts with a BUNCH of stuff. :(