Foods That Can Interact Badly With Prescriptions

You’ve all heard that various prescription and non-prescription medications can create dangerous or harmful combinations. One medication can react badly with another medication, keeping it from doing its job correctly or even creating harmful side effects. But did you know that there are actually some foods that can also interact badly with prescription medications? Read on for some of the foods that you should watch out for when you’re on specific medications.

1. Grapefruit juice

Sure, grapefruits and grapefruit juice are typically very healthy for you to eat or drink. However, if you’re on heart medicines, immune system drugs, cholesterol-lowering agents, or allergy medication, then you may want to think twice before reaching for that glass of grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice actually inhibits the intestines’ enzymes from doing their job and metabolizing some of the drugs that fit in the above categories.

2. Dairy products

The calcium that’s found in milk and other dairy products can keep iron supplements and antibiotics from efficiently being absorbed. Therefore, you get less of the drug’s active compound circulating in your bloodstream, and you’re unable to get its full benefits.

3. Foods rich in vitamin K

Vitamin K-rich foods such as broccoli, asparagus, and spinach promote blood clotting, therefore counteracting blood thinners and keeping them from doing their job.

So what can you do to make sure that you’re aware of any foods that could negatively interact with your prescriptions? Always read the labels on your medications. All warnings will be listed, including any possibly harmful interactions with other medicines or foods. Also, ask your doctor to let you know of any possible food interactions that could be avoided with your prescription.

What other tips would you like to share with fellow consumers about how to avoid dangerous food and drug interactions?