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Medications – NUTRITION TIP OF THE WEEK

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medications acacMost of us have heard that grapefruit juice can interact with a number of medications, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, but there are other healthy foods that can also interact with other medications as well.

According to Dr. Dima Quato, who has studied food and drug interactions, it’s important to be cautious of eating certain foods, but in most cases, having a 2-4 hour gap between taking the medication and the food is recommended. Be aware of the following foods and medicines that could have harmful interactions:

High potassium foods such as bananas, oranges, green leafy vegetables, or salt substitutes could interact with some blood pressure meds such as ACE inhibitors Capoten, Prinivil, Zestril, or Vasotec.

High vitamin K foods such as kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or spinach could reduce the effectiveness of blood thinners, such as Coumadin. It’s best to maintain a consistent diet of these foods, so it’s still okay to eat them in moderation.

Real black licorice or supplements with licorice extract (not the flavored candy) contain glycyrrhizin, which can interact with lanoxin, causing an irregular heart beat, or death.
Blood pressure meds, blood thinners, and birth control pills can also be impacted by this compound.

Calcium rich foods such as yogurt, cheese, and calcium supplements decrease the absorption of the antibiotic tetracycline. it’s best to take it one hour before or two hours after eating.

Tyramine rich foods such as avocados, beer, wine, bananas, salami, and chocolate can interact with the drugs linezolid and metronidazole, which treat bacterial infections. It can cause blood pressure to spike with linezolid and metronidazole mixed with alcohol can cause nausea, vomiting, and cramping.

Walnuts, soybean flour, and some other high fiber foods can decrease absorption of some thyroid drugs such as Synthroid, Levothroid, and Levoxyl. Some studies have shown better absorption when the meds were taken at bedtime instead of an hour after breakfast.

It’s always good to talk to your doctor and pharmacist if you have any questions about interactions of your medications with foods.

Written by Donna Wheeler, acac nutritionist

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