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Truck Drivers Health and Medicine Combinations


Over the counter drugs combinationsI have written and talked about the dangers of combining different medications with each other, even the possibilities of over the counter drugs.  As an over the road truck driver, there are those times when we fall ill and find ourselves hundreds of miles away from home.  Most often our only resource are the OTC drugs available from the area stores.  

An interaction between two drugs occurs when the effect of a particular drug is altered when taken with another drug or, in some cases, food.  We all know that combining prescription drugs with over the counter drugs can be deadly, but it is important to reiterate that the combination of OTC drugs can be just as harmful.   Each year, 100,000 people die from prescription drug combinations and one million more are hurt by the very drugs prescribed to them by their doctors.    But what about just combining a few over the counter drugs?   The same dangers exist.

For example:  taking Advil and Aspirin together, can lead to deadly consequences.  Furthermore, there are another 864 known drugs that will interact with Advil and 1,199 other drugs that will interact with Aspirin in an adverse way.   When trucking for weeks and months at a time, we have all made the trip to the OTC counter, grabbing whatever looks like would provide us with the relief we are needing.   Realize, that even over the counter drug combinations can lead to detrimental factors.

I wanted to provide professional drivers out on the road with a way to check to see if a certain combination of two medicines would be safe.  With many truckers running with their laptops and smartphones these days, checking from out on the road had to be possible.  Drug Interaction Checker will do just that.   After you click on the “I Agree” button, you will then go to the next page which allows you to type in and/or choose from a large list of drugs and medicines, including OTC drugs.  After placing the two names of the drugs in question, then just click on “Check Interactions.” 

It will then give you the details for any major interactions, medium interactions or if there are no interactions between the drugs, and if they are safe to take together.  When I checked against Advil and Aspirin, I was immediately given notice that this was a Major Drug-Drug interaction danger. 

During your over the road trucking, you find yourself searching the OTC counter for whatever looks to be helpful, be safe.  First, check with the Drug Interaction Checker.   Especially, if you are needing cough syrups.    Remember, they may only be over the counter, but hundreds of combinations exist that can and do lead to severe consequences.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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