Prescription Drug Alert!

Michael Jackson's death puts the world of prescription drug abuse into the spotlight, again.

Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Heath Ledger and Anna Nicole Smith are just a few who have died due to mixing prescription drugs. And now it seems Michael Jackson may be added to that sad list.

Underscoring the danger of potentially lethal and toxic prescription drug interactions, Gil Kerlikowske, the government's drug czar, said recently that more Americans are dying from drug overdoses than gunshot wounds.

Most doctors and pharmacists are keenly aware of the dangers of mixing drugs like anti-depressants, painkillers and anti-anxiety medication. The strength of these drugs is amplified when they are mixed, causing cardiac arrest and other life-threatening conditions. Experts also assert that there is much that isn't known about the way many drugs interact, mainly because the impact of these combinations have never been tested in a laboratory.

And while it's true that many Americans are turning to prescription drugs more frequently than ever to treat a variety of conditions, avoiding potentially toxic interactions could be as easy as speaking to your doctor or pharmacist about the medications you are taking. Sharing the medications you take, along with dosage information, with all of your health care providers is a wise move to avoid trouble.

For expert advice on the potential dangers of drug interactions, visit the HealthKey Drug Interaction Checker.

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