Interaction between drugs and food: how to regulate the diet and possible risks

Interaction between drugs and food: how to regulate the diet and possible risks

This episode of "Daily Health Pills" shows how certain foods can interact on treatments and what to do

For those who follow multiple treatments, they must pay attention to nutrition, because there can be a correlation between drugs and food. Just think, for example, that a grapefruit juice can interfere with the availability in the blood of some medicines, increasing their effect.

From grapefruit to coffee

Grapefruit juice can interfere with some benzodiazepines, used in anti-anxiety drugs, or for drugs of the family of calcium channel blockers that can be used in blood pressure control drugs.

Similarly, there are studies that show, albeit in very rare cases, that garlic can increase the action of medicines that affect coagulation and therefore potentially increase the risk of bleeding.

Those who often drink milk or eat a lot of cheese should be careful if they are being treated with certain antibiotics for the treatment of skin or upper respiratory tract infections, some osteoporosis drugs or laxatives.

The caffeine contained in coffee should be taken in more moderation if you are taking a cure with antibiotics that are part of the category of quinolones, used in the treatment of cystitis.

Finally, for those who love English tea, it would be better not to overdo it if the body is low in iron and you are following a treatment with drugs that are designed to supplement the deficiencies of the mineral.

These are just examples, but it is important to keep in mind that there may be an interaction between drugs and food. For this, on a case-by-case basis, it is good to ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

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“Daily Health Pills” is Tipsforwomens TakeCare's podcast series, curated by Federico Mereta. In each episode we talk about prevention, care and good habits.

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