Why You Shouldn’t Mix Alcohol with Metronidazole Pills

Many times we are told by our doctors not to combine certain medicines with other drugs and chemicals due to its potential side effects and drug interactions. Before you are prescribed with certain medicines by your doctor, you should be well aware of the precautions as well as how the medications will function so that you will know what to expect. Generally this is part of the patient safety rules. That is why you will find a leaflet packed together with the medicines you have bought so you can have something to glance on during your treatment. Leaflets contain the general instructions, precautions, the general dos and don’ts, as well as a brief list of drugs or chemical that you should never combine with your medication.

Metronidazole pills are antibacterial drugs with its sole purpose to kill and eliminate infections caused by various types of bacteria and parasites. Most of these infections can occur in the digestive tract, genital area, lungs, and other internal organs. With metronidazole pills it is easier to eliminate such body intruders by simply killing the pathogens and parasites and prevent them from coming back.

Although Metronidazole pills are very powerful and beneficial antibiotic, take note that it is still a drug that might have some drawbacks especially when taken together with other chemicals and drugs. That is why you need to discuss with your doctor about your treatment prior of taking Metronidazole pills. Among the most prohibited chemicals that you should never ingest with metronidazole is alcohol. So what makes Metronidazole pills and alcohol a dangerous combo? Read more…

Pharmacist prescribing prompts legal concerns

Do you need to adjust your practice to limit liability risk?


Physicians used to be the only people prescribing drugs to patients. Those days are long gone.

Over the last four years or so, in almost every province, limited prescribing and renewal authorities have been granted to other health workers, including pharmacists, nurse practitioners and even naturopaths.

The latest province to follow the trend is Ontario. Despite the Ontario Medical Association’s objections, work is now underway to permit pharmacists to extend, adapt and adjust prescriptions. New draft regulations will govern prescribing by nurses and naturopaths as well. British Columbia, P.E.I. and New Brunswick already have similar legislation, while Alberta pharmacists can become certified to initiate certain prescriptions. Nearly every other province is working on some variation of these ideas.

The decision to extend prescribing authority to non-doctors is a logical response to the growing queues of orphan patients, and to doctors’ clamouring about suffocating workloads. But the trend towards expanding prescribing authority introduces new liability issues for physicians.

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2 comments:

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Random thoughts on prescription issuance by regulated healthcare professionals.

RE: the legal perspective

A prescription is a contract.

Whomever " initiates" the contract is the contractor.

Insurance companies must clearly delineate the liability issues for anyone who has a "care contract" without following appropriate procedures that are assumed as inherent in such a contract.

In the event that the prescription is not linked to a valid " initiator" to make this type of contract there should be clear guidelines as to what the impact is for the " prescriber " who is a " regulated" health professional.

Regulated professional bodies have " administration manuals for the examination of administrators.
They are different than the guidelines given to practitioners.
Your organization should have someone who functions in the administrator role to ensure policies and procedures are in place ...and followed.

RE: the scale and scope perspective

It is foolish to have any "system of contracts" that is not legal and binding on both parties.

"Double doctoring" is not acceptable by the payor.....and should not be tolerated by the courts.

If a patient has a prescription relationship that constitutes following a "regime" (as opposed to emergency refill or acute episode control)the penalties for litigation issues should be different.

Prescribing rights of subordinate staff should be viewed as " standing orders" following specific protocols for disease states. They should have expiration dates.

Some realtime tech connect ( similar to WEED charting) should inform any prescriber in an interdpendent team of all current prescription Hx of the patient and relevant information of disease process and treatment success where all team members serving the client are part of the info loop .

Interdisciplinary teams should not overlook the genuine possiblility that in the future the client will have multi-disciplinary team relationships that are broader than medical determinant of health.
This broad-based service arena is seen as dramatically more cost-effective than the exclusivity of past interpretations of " health".
In many respects this self-directed construct forms the strength of the " self-care" movement and the " flip" is where the healthcare professional becomes the servant ( not the patient as servant to the healthcare professional).

A word to the wise.... better a servant...than a slave. 8-)

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