How to Check for Interactions between Medications (iOS 16)

View information on how your medications might interact with each other in your iPhone Health app.

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With iOS 16, the medication tracking function in your iPhone Health app is incredibly useful for ensuring you’re taking all of your required medications on time. It also includes medication interaction information so you can see if your medications interact with each other. Here’s how to view medication interactions in the Health app on your iPhone. 

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • A quick and easy place to keep track of potential interactions between your medications.
  • Ensure taking your medications together doesn’t cause any adverse health reactions.

How to Check for Medication Interactions in the iPhone Health App

NOTE: Recommendations given in this article or by the Health app do not constitute medical advice. Always check with your doctor about potential interactions between medications you are taking. You can read more about drug interactions on the FDA's website.

To learn more about the health tracking features on your iPhone, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. In order to use the Health app features below, you'll need to update to iOS 16 if you haven't done so already. Also, if you're new to the medication tracking features, you can learn how to add your medications in the Health app. Once you've successfully added your medications, here's how to check for potential negative side effects from medication interactions in the Health app.

  1. Open the Health app and tap Browse in the lower-right corner.

    Tap Browse.
  2. Select Medications from the list of Health categories.

    Tap Medications.
  3. Tap the medication you want to view side effects for. 

    Tap your medication.
  4. Scroll down and tap Drug Interactions.

    Scroll down, and tap Drug Interactions.
  5. Here you can see what kind of interactions your medication will have with each other, along with other substances. If there are any interactions, they will be listed under either Critical, Serious, or Moderate. Tap one to see more information.

    Here you can see what kind of interactions your medication will have with each other, along with other substances.
  6. On this screen, you can see details about how your medications may affect each other.

    On this screen, you can see details about how your medications may affect each other.

Now each time you add a new medication to your list, you’ll be able to easily view medication interactions and potential negative side effects. While this new medication interaction feature does NOT replace your doctor, it can certainly help to act as an additional safety measure.

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Rhett Intriago is a passionate writer and Apple enthusiast. When he’s not drafting iPhone Life articles, he prefers to spend his free time gaming with friends, watching anime with his wife, or playing with his three cats.