Health Tip: When Food and Drugs Interact02/27/14
(HealthDay News) -- When food and drinks interact with
medication, the medication may not work sufficiently or the drug
can become too powerful as the body has trouble handling it
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these common
examples of food and drug interaction:
- Grapefruit juice interacts with several drugs and may affect
the way the body metabolizes medication. Drugs that may interact
with grapefruit juice include: some statins, antihistamines,
thyroid medications, blood pressure medications, birth control
pills, cough suppressants and medications that block stomach
- Blood-thinning medications can interact with leafy green
vegetables, affecting the blood's clotting ability.
- Natural black licorice may interact with certain blood pressure
medications and blood-thinning medications.
- Salt substitutes can interact with ACE inhibitors and
- Tyramine (found in foods such as aged meats and cheeses, hot
dogs and chocolate) can interact with some medications used to
treat depression or Parkinson's disease.
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