YES, some foods can affect your medication. This means your meal could reduce the efficacy of your drugs. Some drugs don’t mix well with what we drink or eat. Before you take any medication, make sure you seek a doctor’s advice or pharmacist to see what to avoid when taking the medication.
Here are some 7 foods that can affect your medication:
1. Citrus fruits: Chemicals in grapefruit or citrus fruit can interfere with certain drugs, which can affect your metabolism.
2. Milk: Dairy product can affect certain antibiotics. Minerals in milk like calcium and magnesium can interfere with some antibiotics and should be avoided.
3. Alcohol: If you are on medication especially painkillers you should avoid alcohol. Alcohol can be toxic when mixed with some medications.
4. Chocolate: According to webmed.com, dark chocolate can weaken the effects of drugs meant to calm you down or make you sleep, like zolpidem tartrate (Ambien).
5. Coffee: Coffee can also weaken your medication and make it ineffective.
6. Cheese: Cheese is made from milk and it’s a dairy product. Dairy products can interact with some antibiotics like tetracycline, ciprofloxacin (quinolone antibiotics), and certain osteoporosis medication, such as alendronate (Fosamax).
7. Licorice: The chemical component in licorice, can decrease the efficacy of some drugs.
Consult your doctor before taking any medication.
The list of foods above is not a complete list of foods that can affect your medication, however, prevention is better than cure. So the next you decide to go on medication, please consider the above guidelines and also seek the help of a professional