Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Taking Multiple Drugs Make Me Sick?

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Question: I take a lot of different medications: Plavix, Diovan, Cymbalta, Ecotrin, and Metformin. Do you see any problem with this combination?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

The medications you are on are usual for a type 2 hypertensive diabetic accompanied by complicated vascular disease and peripheral neuropathy, chronic pain, depression, or migraine. The medications are quite commonly used together and are OK to use in combination.

Why are you not also on a lipid management program to control your cholesterol? I hope you are also following a suitable diet and physical activity program, and seeing your doctor for review at least quarterly.

Do not forget to have regular foot care and see your ophthalmologist at least once yearly to screen for complicating retinopathy and preventable eye conditions.

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Taking multiple medications isn't usually a problem, but be sure your doctor knows so you're not risking your health.
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