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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Never Mix These 6 Foods With These Medications -- Bad Food-Drug Interactions

Never Mix These 6 Foods With These Medications -- Bad Food-Drug Interactions
It's important to follow directions when taking prescription medication. About 81 percent of adults ages 57-85 take one or more prescriptions, according to Gerontologist. What most people don't know, however, is that foods can affect the way medications work, and some combinations can produce life-threatening results.

Avoid these 6 combinations:

  1. Aged cheese - aged cheese and other fermented foods can cause blood pressure to rise quickly. Combined with antidepressants, or more specifically, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as selegiline (Emsam), they can increase your risk for a stroke.
  2. Grapefruit - this is a healthy fruit, except for people who are taking medication to lower their cholesterol. This includes atorvastatin (Lipitor) or simvastatin (Zocor). Why? It increases the side effects of the drug, such as aching muscles.
  3. Bananas - bananas, oranges and salt substitutes are a great sources of potassium, but people taking an angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure, can get too much potassium when mixing the two, causing irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations.
  4. Milk - milk and other dairy products are not in themselves a dangerous combination with prescription drugs, but they can weaken the effects of medication. Wait at least two hours after taking medication before consuming any dairy products.
  5. Alcohol - alcohol mixed with acetaminophen (Tylenol) can cause liver damage. Drinking three or more alcoholic beverages a day can cause severe damage to the liver.
  6. Dark leafy green vegetables - these are normally very good for you, but not when you're taking blood thinners like Coumadin or Jantoven. Blood thinners work by blocking the body's production of vitamin K which is essential for clotting. Dark leafy greens are rich in vitamin K which will work against a blood thinner. So eat them sparingly.

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