Despite the majority of U.S. states having some form of legal marijuana, many patients don’t tell their physician about marijuana use. Withholding this important fact can be risky.
We spoke with Dr. Sarah T. Melton, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Melton, a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, also serves the public as a pharmacist, has contributed to pharmacy textbooks, and has published numerous peer reviewed articles.
Q: Dr. Melton, why is it important for a patient to share with his/her doctor that they may use marijuana with their regular medicine regimen?
A: “Prescribers should take detailed substance use histories from patients in order to make the best decisions about medication therapy choices. It is important for patients to share details of marijuana use, including the type of marijuana used, route of administration, and frequency of use.
Marijuana has potentially serious drug interactions with prescription and over-the-counter medications. By sharing details of marijuana use, the prescriber can best make decisions about medication choices and educate the