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Health Tip: Limit Drug-Food Interactions

Health Tip: Limit Drug-Food Interactions

01/18/12

(HealthDay News) -- Sometimes the foods you eat and the meds you take don't mix.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says foods can negatively affect the way prescription or over-the-counter drugs work. The academy offers this advice on avoiding these so-called drug-food interactions:

  • Always read the label on your medications; ask questions of the pharmacist if you don't understand something or aren't sure.
  • Follow all label instructions and warnings on both prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Take any medication with a full glass of water, unless your doctor has advised differently.
  • Don't stir a medication with food or break open a capsule, unless your doctor has told you to do so.
  • Don't take any medication at the same time as you take vitamins.
  • Don't mix a medication in a hot drink, and never take a medication with alcohol.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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