[interactions]

Author: paige (---.proxy.aol.com)

Date: 12-31-01 00:01

I've just been diagnosed w/ HCM and I was wondering about possiable drug interactions and certain things I should avoid is there any "list" of dos and don'ts I can get my hands on? thanks Paige

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[Re: interactions]

Author: Bob (---.dyn.optonline.net)

Date: 01-02-02 17:09

Hi Paige,

You are starting off right in looking for more information on this important subject. Drug actions and interactions are always an important consideration. For example, inotropic agents and vasodilators may have negative consequences with HCM patients. You should definitely discuss all drugs you are taking with your doctors and pharmacist. An excellent website for drug interactions is Drugdigest.org (then click on "Check Interactions"), which allows you to enter multiple drug names to determine their potential interactions.

Regarding Do's and Don'ts, some common one's are: avoid alcohol, caffeine, dehydration, strenuous exercise, and being overweight. You should certainly discuss your specific issues with a cardiologist who has expertise with HCM

(some are listed on this site).There are also numerous websites which address the subject. In addition to this one (if you join, they will furnish some excellent information), two that I suggest you look at are Cardiomyopathy.org and Mayo.edu/cv/wwwpg_cv/hocm_cln/q-a.htm.

Good Luck,

Bob