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The Food and Medication Combos to Avoid

October 29th, 2017 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized

Your daily pills and vitamins are an essential part of staying on a healthy track, but what if we told you that you might be hindering their performance? Some of the most common daily meals and foods can have an adverse interaction with some common prescriptions and here are just a few you’ll want to avoid when it comes time to take your daily medications.

Dairy and Iron

Dairy is probably the most commonly known medication interaction to avoid; it is known to affect how you absorb iron supplements, the calcium in it can also interfere with some antibiotics too. To make sure all medications are working correctly, you’ll want to take your pills at least 2-4 hours before any dairy use and discuss a plan with your doctor if you are taking any combo of iron, calcium, and antibiotics so you can figure out a schedule that works best with all three.

Grapefruit and Most Prescription Drugs

Grapefruit inhibits an enzyme in the intestine that is known to breakdowns more than 50 prescription drugs. The results will be an increased dosage of the medication that will leave you with a more prominent risk of side effects. So if you can’t go without daily grapefruit, speak to your doctor to see if your prescriptions could be affected.

Move Your Fiber

Though you should have fiber daily, it works to slow the rate in which your stomach is emptied and could lower the amount in which you absorb your medications, especially thyroid meds. To avoid this, you’ll want to take your fiber 2 hours before or after your drugs to prevent an absorption issue.


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