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Saturday 2 September 2023

Food - Drug Interactions - Some Common Ones


"Taking medicine is a normal routine for many people, but there are many aspects to think about to avoid unwanted interactions. Age, weight, sex, medical conditions, dose of medicine, other medications, vitamins and herbal supplements can affect any drug taken. Some drugs can work faster, slower, better or worse on an empty stomach while others will upset an empty stomach. Alcohol also has significant effects on medication use. Drinking alcohol while taking medication, or before and after, can affect how the drug works in the body.

When a food affects medications in the body, this is called food-drug interaction. Food can prevent medicine from working the way it should and can cause medicinal side effects to become better or worse and/or cause new side effects to occur. Drugs can also change the way the body uses food. There are a variety of food and drug interactions that can occur, but here is a small list of common drugs and how food affects the way they are used in the body.
  • Green, leafy vegetables, which are high in vitamin K, can decrease how well aspirin thins the blood. Consuming the same amount of green-leafy vegetables each day will decrease this interaction.
  • Grapefruit juice alters the way the body absorbs statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) like Lipitor in the blood. It can cause these drugs to be absorbed in higher than normal amounts resulting in a greater risk of side effects.
  • Calcium channel blockers are prescribed for high blood pressure and are also affected by grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice changes the way this drug breaks down in the body and may cause overly high levels of the drug in the blood, raising the risk of side effects.
  • Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese decrease the absorption of antibiotics. Try to eat meals one to two hours before taking these to avoid this interaction.
  • Alcohol affects insulin or oral diabetic pills. Alcohol prolongs the effects of these drugs, which leads to low blood sugar.
  • Moderate pain reliever drugs with acetaminophen should not be taken with alcohol because it has a higher chance of causing severe liver damage. Antihistamines, like Benadryl, should not be taken with alcohol because it will cause increased drowsiness.
This is only a small list of drugs that are affected by food, but it is important to be informed about common medications that are consumed. Most medications and over-the-counter drugs have warnings stating when it is ok and when it is not ok to consume them, so do not be alarmed about taking any current medications. Doctors and pharmacists are always available to answer questions."
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The above is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. If you have any concerns about your general health, including medication, you should contact your local health care provider.



If you should be feeling under the weather
I hope this Autumnal arrangement
may bring you some cheer šŸ˜Š
~enjoy your day ~

Dear reader, you will find a wide variety of articles and recipes within this blog. Please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan

22 comments:

Tom said...

...I haven't had grapefruit in years.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Good information!
Food and drug interactions should be taken very seriously.

It is scary how food and medicine can interact.
I had a scare when on a black licorice daily binge. I became very dizzy. A quick Google search reveals that black licorice can cause heart problems.

Elephant's Child said...

Love that autumnal arrangement. Thank you.
And yes, some of my medications do have food interactions.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I do miss grapefruit.
Coffee is on, and stay safe.

J.P. Alexander said...

Gracias por la informaciĆ³n. Te mando un beso.

Rustic Pumpkin said...

Thank you for this reminder of contraindications I have learned to check everything that I take, including seemingly innocuous things such as vitamin supplements which can interact with prescribed drugs in an adverse manner.

Practical Parsimony said...

I miss grapefruit. But, I miss all citrus since I am allergic.

roentare said...

These are very good facts to know how food can interact with oral medications

eileeninmd said...

Great post and important information!
Have a great weekend.

CJ Kennedy said...

Wow, things we don't always think about. Thanks for the list

My name is Erika. said...

As I knew, no grapefruit juice for me. Sadly!

Bill said...

I have to watch how much vitamin k I eat because of blood thinners that I take.

Jeanie said...

Most of these were familiar but I didn't know the one about dairy and antibiotics. That's good to remember.

happyone said...

I am thankful that I don't have to take any medicine!

Divers and Sundry said...

I'm lucky not to need prescription meds.

DUTA said...

Thanks for this very valuable post. The information on food-drug interraction given in it, is of great importance to us, all.
The fall arrangement looks lovely!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is quite informative. I am SO glad I don't have to take any medications. I don't even take aspirin.

Conniecrafter said...

I didn't know that about dairy and antibiotics, and I don't think I have ever been told that either.

Phil Slade said...

I too miss the occasional grapefruit or juice. Otherwise I think I am ok with my pill intake and food. Obviously the best bet is not to take any pills or medicine unless we really must.

Teresa said...

Gracias, me ha parecido muy interesante. Besos.

baili said...

heartfelt thanks for the incredibly informative post Jan
i did not know dairy products can affect antibiotics

William Kendall said...

The last medication I took was for a sinus infection.