I'm going into a teaching credential program with the intent of teaching 1st or 2nd grade. I have allergies and kind've a crappy immune system so my mom suggested if I'm going to constantly be around the little germ farms that 6-8 year olds seem to be made of that should start taking something similar to Airborne. Pills such as Airborne often contain herbal supplements, some of which can have interactions with other pills. I take birth control pills (mostly to balance my hormones) and know that some herbal supplements can lessen their effectiveness.
So I decided to ask the pharmacist at Rite Aide if there was anything in Airborne that can affect my birth control pills.
I grabbed a box of Airborne off the shelf, took it with me to the pharmacy counter and asked to speak with a pharmacist. The clerk said, "Just a minute" and went to get the pharmacist. So far, so good.
So the pharmacist walks up, a young girl and I show her the box of Airborne, explain to her I'm taking birth control (and the specific brand I take), wanted to start taking Airborne and wanted to know if there was anything that would lower the effectiveness of the birth control since I know there are herbal supplements that do so, but don't know what all of them are. She picks up the box, pretends to look at it and says "I don't know. I couldn't tell you" and walks away. That was it. She didn't check her computer which should have the information in their lovely little computer program that pharmacists use, didn't check the drug book, didn't suggest a resource for me to check, another person I could ask--nothing. It's like didn't you go to pharmacy school lady? Geez. Thanks for nothing.
Btw if anyone knows where I can actually get an answer to my question, please let me know.