“Do these mix?” Part III: Avoiding food and drug interactions

Have you recently been prescribed a new medicine, but aren’t sure if you can drink your favorite caffeinated beverage when taking it? Welcome back to Inside CTEH, where we’re investigating food and drug interactions and their impact on your health in our new series “Do these mix?” This week, we’re sharing helpful tips for avoiding these interactions. We hope you’ll check them out below:

  • Read your medicine labels: Always read and follow the labels on your over-the-counter and prescription medications (Including the printout from your pharmacy). These labels include important information you need to know, including how to properly take your medicine and how to reduce the risk of interactions and side effects.
  • Talk to your health care provider: Communication is key to taking medicines effectively and safely. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends asking your physician, pharmacist or health care professional about foods to avoid with your medicine and potential drug interaction signs. You should also inform your doctor of other medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements.
  • Do your research: Have you been prescribed a new medicine? Ask your doctor for more information or available resources you can explore on your own. We also suggest you visit  www.fda.gov to learn about how to choose and use your medicine wisely.
  • Keep best practices in mind: It’s best to take your medicine with a full glass of water. This will increase absorption and reduce any stomach irritation. We also recommend against stirring your medicine into any food or drink as this can impact absorption.
  • Stay alert: Be aware of how your body reacts to both over-the-counter and prescription medicines. If you experience any side effects, please contact your doctor, pharmacist or health care professional immediately.

 

If you haven’t already, you can read Part I and Part II from Inside CTEH’s series “Do these mix?” to find out more information about food and drug interactions. For additional information, visit fda.gov.

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