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Mixing medication could be dangerous

December 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
People mix prescription and over the counter medications all the time. A new report shows in more cases than you think it could be dangerous.University of Chicago researchers analyzed data from 3,000 seniors.

In one out of 25 cases, mixing drugs could prove dangerous. Examples of bad mixes are: Niacin and statins. They increase the odds of muscle weakness.

Also ginkgo biloba and aspirin raise the risk for internal bleeding.

Researchers say patients must tell their doctors about all the pills they're taking.

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