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Think Before You Medicate
A recent report predicts that prescription drug out-of-pocket spending will jump by 30 percent within the next four years. As we swallow a greater number of pills, it will be increasingly important to communicate with our doctors about the meds and supplements we take to avoid negative interactions and dangerous additive effects. During the past three decades, the number of deaths caused by drugs increased sixfold.

You should also have frequent conversations with your doctors about the effectiveness of your medications. As more genetic tests become available, physicians will be able to tailor dosages.

What You Can Do Today
To learn more about potential interactions between the medications, herbs, and vitamins you take now, look them up at and