n Tell your pharmacist if you are on a sodium-restricted diet. Some prescription and over-the-counter medication contain sodium, including antacids, headache medication, laxatives and sedatives.
n Medications should not be taken with alcohol. Alcohol can block the effects os some medications while enhancing the effects of others. Even small amounts of alcohol have been shown to interact with several medications, including antibiotics, allergy remedies, blood thinners and sleeping pills.
n Don’t disassemble capsules or mix medications in with food. Also don’t crush or split pills unless instructed to do so by your doctor or pharmacist.
n If you have been taking a specific medication for a long period of time, ask your doctor if there is a potential for any vitamin and/or mineral deficiency and whether a supplement is needed.
Source: Food and Drug Administration
Kathy Smith is the Parker County extension agent. Her column appears Sundays. She may be contacted at (817) 598-6168.