Interactions: Questions to ask

Last updated: Monday, November 15, 2021

There’s a range of further information you may need before tackling a clinical problem involving a drug interaction. Of course, you’ll want to check the patient’s drug history and medical history, and doses, frequencies, routes of administration and expected durations of treatment. There are some general questions to ask when problem solving, but what else do you need to know that’s specific to drug interactions?

Think about the information you may need when dealing with a clinical problem involving a drug interaction. 
Imagine a doctor asks you: "Does X interact with Y?" What questions might you ask about the medicines involved, the patient, and how to ensure your advice is actioned?
When you’ve had a think, look at the infographic below which captures some of the important questions to think about.

Once you've considered the image above, click through to the next page to examine in more detail why these questions are important to your practice.