Many of the foods you eat every day can affect the way your medicine works. And this does not just apply to medicines prescribed for mental health. If you take other common medications for things like blood pressure or cholesterol, certain foods can increase or decrease the effectiveness of your medication. Know as adverse drug reactions, they can make treating your medical condition or infection difficult. Therefore, it’s important to understand how the medicine you are prescribed interacts with food and drinks you might consume on a daily basis. With that in mind, here are the top five most dangerous food/drug interactions you should be aware of.
5 Most Dangerous Food and Drug Interactions
1. Foods Rich in Calcium and Antibiotics.
Any type of dairy product like yogurt, milk or cheese can interfere with antibiotics like doxycycline, ciprofloxacin or tetracycline. The culprit is the anabiotic‘s inability to bind to the calcium present in milk. When this happens, an insoluble substance is created which the body can’t absorb. As such, it just passes through the stomach and intestines as waste.
2. MAIO Inhibitors and Fermented, Pickled or Cured Food.
Tyramine is the dangerous component here. It’s found in these types of foods and can result in dangerous blood pressure levels if you take any sort of MAIO. Also, you should be careful if you are on certain prescribe medications for Parkinson’s disease as these foods can diminish or cancel out effectiveness also.
3. Foods High in Vitamin K and Warfarin.
If you eat too much kale or spinach, your blood thinners may not be effective. The reason for this is vitamin K is used by the body to produce clotting factors so your wounds can heal properly and you don’t bleed out. However, any sort of anticoagulant, like warfarin, inhibits vitamin K production in order to help thin your blood to a normal range.. Hence, as much as you want to be healthy, it’s best to remove these from your diet, or severely limit their intake, while you are on a blood thinner like Warfarin. Otherwise, it could render the drug ineffective resulting in a more serious medical condition for you.
4. Prescribe Stimulants and Alcohol.
You should always be wary of mixing any sort of medicine with alcohol. However, a few should be on the constant no-no list and stimulants are one of several. Taking stimulants while consuming alcohol may cause you to be unaware of just how intoxicated you are. Of course, this is more true when stimulant abuse is also a factor, however, it can occur if you simply take the drug as prescribed also. Therefore, it’s best to avoid stimulates and alcohol altogether.
5. Grapefruit and Statins.
This applies to grapefruit juice too. Statins and grapefruit, or grapefruit juice, are not friends. Grapefruit produce a chemical called furanocoumarin which interact with enzymes produced by your small intestine and liver. The end result is your statin could be rendered completely ineffective. Fortunately, there are many other fruit juices you may enjoy (orange, grape or apple).
Finally, keep in mind the following food drug interactions with every day over the counter medications. For instance, taking antihistamines with alcohol could make you more drowsy than simply taking the medication alone. Also, if you consume more than three alcoholic beverages each day and take acetaminophen, you could potentially damage your liver. The same potential exists with NSAIDs too so be careful.
When in Doubt, Ask Your Doctor
Finally, there are many potential adverse food – drug interactions. The best course of action is to speak with your physician regarding any potential that might exist with your current prescribed medications. You might have to adjust your diet a bit while on certain medicine. If you feel like you just can’t give up that particular food, see if there is a prescription alternative.
Of course, if you have any questions about the medicine you are currently taking, Janus will be happy to help. Simply contact one of our staff and speak with them about your situation. We want to make sure your medicine is effective and safe. Together, we can make an impact on your health and overall quality of life.
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