Dear Pharmacist: I take four different medications now. Lately, I’ve had stomach pain, insomnia, headaches and dizziness. I am sure it’s related to my medicine. What should I do? Stop everything? — L.E., Seattle
While I do believe in “drug holidays” I don’t think you should ever undertake those without your physician’s approval and supervision. If you stop certain medications suddenly that are supposed to be weaned off slowly, it could cause seizures or major withdrawal problems. If you’re fed up and insist on stopping everything, you must do it properly and with supervision by your doctors.
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