Alcohol and certain foods can alter the way your body responds to some common medications.
Take the time to carefully read all lavels on prescription and non-prescription medications. Your doctor and pharmacist will also be able to tell you about possible food and alcohol interactions, or other midications that you are taking that may interact with a NEW added medication. Even if you don’t drink alcohol, remember that cough medication, cold medications and mouthwashes also contain alcohol.
Medication Type and Possible Alcohol Interactions:
Sleeping Aids——–Dizziness or prolonged drowsiness
Anibiotics———–Nausea, Vomiting and Headaches
Diabetes Medications—May lower Blood Sugar to dangerous Levels
Anticoagulants——–May increase bleeding risks, bruising
Allergy Medications——-Side effects increased such as dry mouth (leading to decay), dizziness and drowsiness
Medications and Possible FOOD interactions:
Antibiotics———Dairy products and even antacids may reduce the absorption. Allow 2 hours between taking medications and drinking mik, eating yogurt or cheese
Anticoagulants———-Green leafy vegetables like spinach may decrease the effectiveness and increase the potential for blood clots
High blood pressure, seizure and cholesterol medications——–Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can increase the amount of medication in your blood and cause more side effects as a result.
(information taken from Hope Health Letter, Vol 30, No.1)