Etymology: L, inter + ferire, to strike
any chemical or physical phenomenon that can interfere with or disrupt a reaction or process.

Patient discussion about interferent

Q. Does omega-3 interfere with diabetes treatment? I’m a 55 years old man, and was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, along with high lipid levels several years ago. A couple of months ago I read that omega-3 can protect your heart and brain, so I started to take omega-3 pills every day. Yesterday I read in some website that omega-3 can interfere with the drugs I take to treat my diabetes- Is that right?

A. Omega-3 doesn’t influence the treatment of your diabetes, and since you have high lipids, that can contribute to some of the damage diabetes does to your body, omega-3, that may lower the lipid level in your may actually help you treat yourself overall better. However - consult your doctor. Better be safe than sorry...

Q. Will my bipolar meds (lamictal and depakote) interfere with my birth control pills? We have been married for the past 12 yrs but we don’t have a child because I am paranoid of delivery. But it doesn’t affect our intimacy. I am using birth control pills for the past few years and I could rely on it. Now the new problem is that I was recently diagnosed as bipolar-II. The Doctor prescribed some medicines for me. Will my bipolar meds (Lamictal and Depakote) interfere with my birth control pills?

A. there are interactions, birth control pills can reduce the amount of Lamictal in the blood, causing it to be less affective. the drug level in plasma should be monitored. ask both your therapists about it- your gynecologist and the psychiatrist.

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