Food for Health

Food that interact with meds

A healthy diet and fresh fruits are essential for you; however, if you are taking meds, you should be cautious as there are chances of interaction causing bad side effects.

Research studies show that can reduce the power of meds and may cause serious and sometime life-threatening reactions. Always consult your doctor, pharmacist or read warning labels on meds.

Partial list of foods that interact with common meds are as follows;

Banana and Antihypertensive Meds

Meds used to lower blood pressure and certain diuretics (that reduce fluid retention) have potential to increase potassium levels in body. Hyperkalemia may occur that causes irregular heartbeat and palpitation. Therefore, avoid food with high potassium content including banana, orange and green leafy vegetable.

Kale and anticoagulants

Kale and green vegetables have vitamin K that is a natural anticoagulant. Avoid taking these if you are on anticoagulant therapy.

Black Licorice and Digoxin

Glycyrrhizin is a component of black licorice that may cause irregular heartbeat. It may cause death if given along with the digoxin.

Milk with Tetracycline Antibiotic

Calcium ions in dairy products and calcium supplement can hinder the absorption of drug in the body. It is therefore advised to take tetracycline 1hour before or 2hours after meals.

Grapefruit juice and anti-lipidemic meds

Grapefruit juice has potential to raise the free drug concentration in bloodstream and thus increases the risk of side effects.

Walnuts and thyroid meds

Walnut and high fiber food prevent absorption of medication in body. Thus, a higher dose may be required to achieve therapeutic goals.

To infer, always consult doctor or pharmacist about drugs you take and don’t forget to mention supplements; as they might not be innocuous!

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Rob Wart