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JohannesHD2016SmallTonya Johannes, ARNP-BC

Tonya Johannes, ARNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner at MHP who treats patients of all ages and has a special interest in skin care. 

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01 December 2016
Whether you’re a woman in need of her yearly mammogram or bringing your child in for an X-ray of a possible broken bone, radiation can be a concern. Do you know what radiation really is?MHP Director of Radiology does! In fact, her entire department would be lost without it! Radiation is used in various medical imaging tests to help determine the best treatment option for patients without extreme measures such as exploratory surgery. The ionizing ...
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Harmful Drug Interactions

MHP Warns about Harmful Drug Interactions

As part of National Drug Facts week, Mahaska Health Partnership cautions seniors about hazardous drug interactions.

 

MHP Pharmacist John Agan said, “it’s important for all people to be familiar with the medicines they are taking. “As a person gets older, they are often prescribed numerous medications by multiple doctors for various conditions,” Agan explained. “If a patient does not disclose medications they are taking, they might be given something that could produce a negative drug interaction.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests creating a detailed list of all medication you are taking including prescription, over- the- counter, supplements and herbal. The list should include the name of the medicine, the doctor who prescribed it, how much and how often to take, instructions on how to take it, what it is taken for and the expected side effects.

Agan said an important thing patients can do to help their doctors is to keep a side effects log. “When you’re prescribed a new medicine, keep track of how it makes you feel and whether it had the desired outcome. From the log, your doctor may adjust your dose or try something different. Not all medicines work the same for all people.”

According to the FDA, body changes can affect how fast medicines enter the blood stream. “Changes in body mass can influence the amount of medicine you need and how long it stays in your body,” Agan explained.

The FDA also suggests utilizing your pharmacist as a resource. They said a pharmacist can explain your medications, how and when to take it and what interactions may occur. “I always recommend patients use one pharmacy. That way, the pharmacist will have a list of all of your prescribed medications. When you are prescribed something new, you can ask the pharmacist to review your profile to check for possible interactions,” Agan stressed.

Taking medicine as prescribed is very important to a person’s overall health, however; if the doctor prescribes it without a complete medicine history, it may not produce the intended results. To find out more about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, visit mahaskahealth.org.