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Medication and Foods that Aren’t Compatible

Written by Piper Morris. Posted in Medical News

We’ve come to rely on our medicine for even the slightest inconvenience; the smallest headache, digestion problem or itch can be swept away in just minutes with the right treatment. We are so used to taking pills that we almost do it indiscriminately, without wondering whether it goes with a certain type of food we have, or with another treatment we receive. A simple omission like this however, can lead to serious problems, and we have to at least have some basic knowledge of medication and foods that aren’t compatible. This is important especially since some of these forbidden combinations can be so common, and many of us may happen to experience them. For this and many other reasons, we are going to tell you what medication and foods you shouldn’t combine, or avoid combining if possible, as well as what some of the side-effects could be. Take aged cheese, for example; this is an exquisite product of dairy, and while it may not be suitable for all tastes, there are plenty people enjoying it. What you should avoid when consuming aged cheese however are MAO inhibitors, such as antidepressants. Or rather, we should say you need to avoid consuming aged cheese when on antidepressants, because it contains a substance that can lead to high blood pressure. The substance is called tyramine, and it can also be found in wine or soy; wine and cheese are often together, so take care to avoid them both while on treatment. Throughout our lives, we take antibiotics several times, either to treat an aggressive cold, or to recover from surgery, or for various other reasons. What’s important during a treatment like this is avoiding dairy products, which can interfere with the absorption of the active ingredients of the medication, thus making the treatment ineffective. Very often, doctors see how medication and foods collide for the worse, preventing the proper curing of a patient, and this is especially in regards to anti-depressant medication. Thus, if you are being treated with antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication, you need to avoid consuming alcohol, grapefruit juice and coffee, or beverages that contain caffeine. Alcohol should also be avoided by those who take diabetes drugs, sleeping pills, and even by those who take flu and cold medication. Even a single taste of alcohol can make you terribly sick, it can enhance the side effects of your drugs, and give you low blood sugar levels. As for the grapefruit or grapefruit juice, avoid mixing it with blood thinners, medication lowering cholesterol, tranquilizers or other blood pressure medication, because it destroys many of the enzymes in our organism which are responsible with not letting too much medication enter our system.

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