contraindication

noun
con·​tra·​in·​di·​ca·​tion | \ˌkän-trə-ˌin-də-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of contraindication 

: something (such as a symptom or condition) that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable

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For doctors, an indication is a symptom or circumstance that makes a particular medical treatment desirable. Serious anxiety, for example, is often an indication for prescribing a tranquilizer. A contraindication, then, is a symptom or condition that makes a treatment risky, such as taking certain other medications at the same time. Drugs and conditions that are contraindicated for a medication are listed on its label, and reeled off at high speed in TV ads. Patients can guard against the dangers of drug interaction by reading labels carefully and making sure their doctors know what else they're currently taking.

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This is a really thorny area that isn’t set in stone, because this contraindication may be based on outdated advice. SELF, "Here’s Exactly How to Find the Best Birth Control Pill for You," 14 Sep. 2018 The contraindication warns not to give these products to children under 12 due to their faster metabolisms. Philly.com, "Why codeine doesn't belong in children's medications," 16 Jan. 2018 Just last April, the FDA required that a contraindication, its strictest warning, for prescription codeine and tramadol medicines. Philly.com, "Why codeine doesn't belong in children's medications," 16 Jan. 2018 The contraindication warns not to give these products to children under 12 due to their faster metabolisms. Philly.com, "Why codeine doesn't belong in children's medications," 16 Jan. 2018 The contraindication warns not to give these products to children under 12 due to their faster metabolisms. Philly.com, "Why codeine doesn't belong in children's medications," 16 Jan. 2018 The contraindication warns not to give these products to children under 12 due to their faster metabolisms. Philly.com, "Why codeine doesn't belong in children's medications," 16 Jan. 2018 The contraindication warns not to give these products to children under 12 due to their faster metabolisms. Philly.com, "Why codeine doesn't belong in children's medications," 16 Jan. 2018 The contraindication warns not to give these products to children under 12 due to their faster metabolisms. Philly.com, "Why codeine doesn't belong in children's medications," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of contraindication

1623, in the meaning defined above

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contraindication

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contraindication

medical : something (such as a symptom or condition) that is a medical reason for not doing or using something (such as a treatment, procedure, or activity)

contraindication

noun
con·​tra·​in·​di·​ca·​tion | \-ˌin-də-ˈkā-shən \

Medical Definition of contraindication 

: something (as a symptom or condition) that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable

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