Foods and Drugs Don't Mix in our body

Foods and Drugs Don't Mix

Foods and Drugs Don't Mix in our body


How Does Food interfere with Drugs ? How Medicines works with food after mixing ?  Medicines have become an important part of our human life in today's era. We often get sick because of our wrong eating habits and wrong lifestyle. Farmers use more harmful pesticides and harmful medicines in the fields to increase the yield of their crops. Day by day, a new disease is born in this world. After this, the scientist and the doctor start looking for the cure. They achieve success in finding that cure for a great extent. So today we will get information about a very important topic, often doctors do not tell while curing the patient about that which medicine affects our body and how we can avoid its side effect and which medicines should be consumed with the food or not. Before taking any medication, always read the package instructions and ask your doctor or pharmacist about any dietary precautions. In some cases, drugs alter nutritional needs. In  other instances, foods can interfere with how a medication works. The table below details how particular foods can interact with some of the more commonly used drugs.






Cephalosporins penicilin

Take on an empty stomach to speed absorption of the drugs.


Avoid dairy produots, caffeine and supplements, which contain calcium, iron or zinc for 2 hours before and after taking the medication.


Don't take with fruit juice or wine which decrease the drugs effectiveness.

Sulfa drugs

vitamin B12 deficiency risk increase.


Dairy products decrease the drug's efficacy. Lower vitamin C absorption.




 Foods high in vitamin K can reduce the drug's effectiveness. Do not increase or decrease the usual intake of broccoli, spinach, kale, brussels, sprouts or cabbage.



Dilantin phenobarbital

Increase the risk of anaemia and nerve problems due to a deficiency of folate and other B vitamins.




Reduces appetite and can lead to excessive weight loss.


A low-salt diet increases the risk of lithium toxicity, excessive salt reduces drug's efficacy.

M a o inhibitors

Foods high in tyramine (aged cheeses, processed meats, legumes, wine, beer, among others) can bring on a hypertensive crisis.


Many foods, especially legumes, meat, fish and foods high in vitamin C, reduce absorptions of the drugs.

Antihypertensives, heart medications


ACE in hibitors

Take on an empty stomach to improve the absorption of the drugs.

Alpha blockers

Take with liquid or food to avoid an excessive drop in blood pressure.

Antiarrhythmic drugs

 Avoid caffeine, which increases the risk of an irregular Heartbeat.

Beta blockers

Take on an empty stomach; food, especially meet, increases the drugs' effects and can cause dizziness and low blood pressure.


Avoid taking with milk and high-fibre foods, which reduce absorption. Increases potassium loss.


Increase the risk of potassium deficiency.

Potassium sparing diuretics

Unless a doctor advises otherwise, don't take diuretics with potassium supplements or salt substitute, which can cause potassium overload.

Thiazide diuretics

Increase the reaction of MSG.

Asthma drugs



Avoid caffeine, which increases feelings of anxiety and nervousness.


Charbroiled foods and a high-protein diet reduce absorption. Caffeine increases the risk of drug toxicity.

cholesterol-lowering drugs



 Increase the excretion of folate and vitamins A, D, E and K.


Avoid fatty foods, which decrease the drug's efficacy in lowering cholesterol.

Heartburn and ulcer medications



Interfere with the absorption of many minerals for maximum benefit, take medication 1 hour after eating.

Cimetidine, famotidine, sucralfate

Avoid high-protein foods, caffeine, and other items that increase stomach acidity.

Hormone preparations


Oral contraceptives

 Salty foods increase a fluid retention. Drugs reduce the absorption of folate, Vitamin B6 and other nutrients, increase intake of foods high in these nutrients to avoid deficiencies.


Salty food increase fluid retention. increase intake of foods high in calcium, vitamin K, potassium and protein to avoid deficiencies.

Thyroid drugs

 Iodine-rich foods lower the drugs' efficacy.



 Mineral oils

Overuse can cause a deficiency of vitamins A, D, E and K.

Pain killers


Aspirin and stronger nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Always take with food to lower the risk of gastrointestinal irritation, avoid taking with alcohol which increases the risk of bleeding. Frequent use of these drugs lowers the absorption of folate and Vitamin C.


Increase fibre and water intake to avoid constipation.

 Sleeping pills    tranquilizer



Never take with alcohol. Caffeine increases anxiety and reduces the drugs' efficacy.


I hope that after reading the above table, you have got information to a large extent about the foods, medicines and precautions to avoid their mixing side effects. So keep the information about their side effects and how the medicines affect our body while taking medication. What food should we eat with that medicine and which food should not be eaten. By keeping information about all these things, patients can cure their disease as quickly as possible and can avoid other diseases caused by the side effects of medicines.

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