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Drug Interactions

The Drug Interactions tool helps you check for interacting drugs, their effects, and clinical significance. With the correct information at the point of care, a significant number of adverse drug events can be prevented.

 

The interactions tool provides instant access to drug-drug, drug-food, drug-ethanol, and drug-lab test reactions (drug-tobacco, drug-pregnancy, and drug-lactation available with a subscription to DRUG-REAX®).

 

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NOTE: Customers subscribing to the DRUG-REAX  System  will see functionality and links not displayed to non-subscribers.

 

For example, DRUG-REAX customers are able to add patient allergies into the drugs to check and the allergy is calculated against all other drugs in the list. They

will also see drug-tobacco, drug-pregnancy, and drug-lactation interaction information.
 

 Building the Search for Interactions

  1. Type the first drug (brand or generic) in the Enter Search Term field. If you are unsure of the spelling, just type as many characters as you know.

 Matching Drug Names

 

As you type, the application narrows the list of  search results based on the characters typed. The more characters typed, the more focused (fewer) the results. The number of matches to the drug name is also updated as you type.

 

  1. If the drug you are interested in is listed in the Matching Drug Names list, do one of the following to add the drug to the Drugs to Check list:

  2. Double-click the item - or -

  3. Click on the item and then click the arrow_next.gif button - or -

  4. Click on the item and press the Enter key

  1. Repeat these steps until you have all the drugs you wish to check for interactions in the Drugs to Check list.
     

  2. If you wish to remove a drug from the Drugs to Check list, double-click the drug, or select the drug by clicking it, then remove it from the list by clicking the arrow_pre.gif button.

 Patient Allergies (DRUG-REAX customers)

 

Patient allergies can be added to the list to check the drugs against the allergy:

  1. Click the Add Allergies... button to open the allergy window.
     

  2. Type the first drug (brand or generic) in the Enter Allergy field.
    If you are unsure of the spelling, just type as many characters as you know.
    If the drug the patient is allergic to is listed in the Matching Allergies list, , do one of the following to add the allergy to the Allergies to Check list:

  3. Double-click on the item - or -

  4. Click on the item and then click the arrow_next.gif button - or -

  5. Click on the item and press the Enter key
     

  1. Repeat this until all patient drug allergies have been added to the allergy list, then click the Add Allergies button to return to the Drug Interactions page.
     

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    NOTE: You will notice that the allergies entered appear with asterisks (*) in the Drugs to Check list in capital letters.
     

  2. When all drugs and allergies to check are in the Drugs to Check list, click the SUBMIT button.
     

  3. If you want to remove all drugs from the Drugs to Check list and start over, click the Clear button.