Understanding and managing common drug interactions
Intended for healthcare professionals

Understanding and managing common drug interactions

Aris Saoulidis Senior pharmacist, Inpatient Pharmacy, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, England
Christianne Micallef Principal pharmacist – antimicrobials, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your knowledge of some of the mechanisms of drug-drug interactions

  • To support you to identify and manage common drug interactions in your practice

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Drug interactions are common in clinical practice and have a direct effect on patients’ morbidity and mortality. However, with the appropriate knowledge they can be avoided. The administration of drugs is an essential nursing task and an increasing number of specialist nurses are also independent prescribers. This article details some of the common patterns of drug-drug interactions and aims to support nurses in optimising patients’ medicines use.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11806

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Saoulidis A, Micallef C (2022) Understanding and managing common drug interactions. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11806

Published online: 29 June 2022

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