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IF YOU TAKE: Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen.
What You Should Know If you don’t: Alcohol along with prolonged used of these over-the-counter drugs can increase your chance of stomach bleeding. (Combining alcohol with acetaminophen can cause liver damage too.) Be sure to read labels carefully, since some cold medicines and other over-the-counter combination remedies may also contain these pain relievers. If you consume more than three drinks a day, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking these medications.
IF YOU TAKE: Hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine or morphine for pain relief
What You Should Know If you don’t: These narcotic pain relievers slow down the nervous system, which may make you drowsy, less alert, and off your game. Because alcohol can further compound the tranquilizing effects of these medications, never mix the two.
IF YOU TAKE: Iron supplements life ferrous fumarate and ferrous gluconate for iron-deficiency anemia
What You Should Know If you don’t: Tannins, pigments in tea that give the beverage its color, can lessen your ability to absorb iron from food. Iron is needed to produce blood cells and give you energy. To get the most from your supplement, take your iron one hour before a meal or cup of tea or two hours afterward. (Talk to your doctor if iron upsets your stomach.)
IF YOU TAKE: Antibiotics like erythromycin or penicillin (typically for respiratory infections and urinary tract infections)
AVOID: Grapefruit and oranges (both the fruit and the juice); coffee
What You Should Know If you don’t: The same enzyme system in the liver that processes grapefruit is also needed to metabolize these drugs. If your liver has to process both, it often can’t do so efficiently. Therefore, your antibiotic won’t work properly. Avoid grapefruit altogether while you’re on these drugs. The acidity of coffee or fruit juices can also decrease the effectiveness of these antibiotics if you consume both in the same sitting. Drink your coffee or orange juice one hour before or two hours after taking the antibiotics.
IF YOU TAKE: Antibiotics like tetracycline, cimprofloxacin or levofloxacin for respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, or severe acne.
AVOID: Calcium-rich dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese
What You Should Know If you don’t: Calcium binds with these antibiotics, leading to a decrease in drug absorption. That means your infection isn’t being adequately treated. Take your medication one hour before a meal (with or without dairy) or two hours afterward.
IF YOU TAKE: Warfarin or other anticoagulants to prevent blood clotting
AVOID: Vitamin K-rich vegetables like broccoli, spinach, asparagus and other leafy greens; chicken and beef livers, which are also high in vitamin K; alcohol
What You Should Know If you don’t: Don’t skip these nutrient-rich foods entirely. However, because vitamin K promotes the formulation of blood-thinning medication, your doctor may need to adjust your dosage, depending on your diet. Steer clear of alcohol, which causes a decrease in the blood’s ability to coagulate, just as these drugs do. The combination can increase the risk of bleeding.
IF YOU TAKE: Beta-blockers like propranolol, metoprolol or atenolol for high blood pressure
What You Should Know If you don’t: Because beta-blockers reduce blood pressure by decreasing nerve impulses to the heart and blood vessels, and alcohol further slows the nervous system, combining the two dangerously lower blood pressure.
IF YOU TAKE: Calcium channel blockers like verapamil for high blood pressure and angina, or statins like atorvastatin for high cholesterol
AVOID: Grapefruit (both the whole fruit and juice)
What You Should Know If you don’t: Grapefruit juice dampens the liver’s ability to metabolize these drugs, thereby increasing their concentration in the blood. This buildup can lead to a too-potent dose of medication, which can make you more prone to side effects like low blood pressure irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath. Avoid grapefruit altogether if you’re either calcium blockers or statins.
IF YOU TAKE: Digoxin for heart arrhythmias
AVOID: Excessive intake of bread or cereal that is high in bran or fiber, like 100 percent whole wheat or oatmeal
What You Should Know If you don’t: Your blood levels of digoxin are affected by how much bran you eat. If you start upping your intake of bran and other insoluble fibers, you will diminish your absorbtion of digoxin. Conversely, drastically curbing intake (for instance, going on a low-carb diet) could cause a toxic increase in blood vessels of the drug. Discuss any dietary changes with your doctor so he can adjust your dose if needed. Take digoxin either one hour before eating a meal or two hours afterward.
IF YOU TAKE: Potassium-sparing diuretics like triamterene and spironolactone, or ACE inhibitors like benazepril, enalapril and captopril, which treat high blood pressure
AVOID: Bananas, oranges, and leafy greens; salt substitutes
What You Should Know If you don’t: These fruits and veggies, as well as some salt alternatives, are rich in potassium, the same mineral that these diuretics (sometimes referred to as water pills) and ACE inhibitors work to maintain in the body. A potassium-rich diet, in combination with these drugs, can result in an overload of the mineral, which could lead to irregular heartbeat and heart palpitations-and in rare cases, cardiac arrest. To avoid problems, space your medicine either one hour before or two after eating.
IF YOU TAKE: Antianxienty medications such as diazepam and alprazolam
What You Should Know If you don’t: Alcohol slows the nervous system the same way that these anti-anxiety medications do. The combination can create a double whammy, increasing the risk for extreme side effects including drowsiness and dizziness.
IF YOU TAKE: Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) like phenelzine and tranylcypromine for depression and anxiety
AVOID: Aged cheeses like blue, brie, mozzarella, Parmesan; processed meats like pepperoni, salami, bologna; meat leftover; red or white wine, some beers, and even red wine products; fermented foods like soy sauce, sauerkraut and fish sauce (used in many Asian dishes)
What You Should Know If you don’t: Tyramine, an amino acid that helps support blood pressure, forms in these foods as they age. MAOIs keep your body from metabolizing tyramine, so combining these drugs with these foods could send your blood pressure “through the ceiling”, in addition to causing headaches, heart palpitations and dizziness. Because this food-drug interaction could be fatal, avoid tyramine containing foods completely if you’re on MAOIs
IF YOU TAKE: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like sertraline, fluoxetine and paroxetine
What You Should Know If you don’t: Alcohol depresses the central nervous system. Because SSRI drugs also affect the nervous system, they may add to the effects of alcohol and other drugs that slow down the nervous system. Combining the two may increase the likelihood or severity of side effects like dizziness, nausea and, in some cases, drowsiness.
IF YOU TAKE: Theophylline, albuterol or epinephrine for asthma, bronchitis or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
AVOID: Drinks and foods with caffeine like coffee, tea, colas an chocolate; high-fast or high-carbohydrate meals.
What You Should Know If you don’t: These drugs and caffeine both stimulate the central nervous system, speeding up heart rate. Combining caffeine and these drugs can considerably heighten side effects like nausea, vomiting, headache, irritability, and jitteriness. Don’t abruptly change your caffeine consumption. High-fat meals may increase levels of the drug theophylline, while high-carbohydrate meals may decrease it (robbing you of a drug you need to breathe properly). Talk to your doctor if you make any drastic dietary changes, and take your medication one hour before mealtime or two hours afterward.
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