Which Foods to Avoid When Taking These Medications!

When taking some antibiotics, you were definitely told not to drink any alcohol. However, not only antibiotics shouldn’t be combined with alcohol but also plenty of foods and certain medications.

Here is a list of foods that you shouldn’t mix with certain medications.

1. Black Licorice

Along with the delicious taste, black licorice contains an ingredient that can reduce the level of potassium in the body and cause an irregular heartbeat.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that black licorice is especially harmful to people who take medicines for high blood pressure.

2. Grapefruit

This citrus fruit is especially dangerous when combined with medications for blood pressure and cholesterol. Its juice also alters the way the body metabolizes thyroid replacement drugs, antihistamines, stomach acid blockers and birth control medications.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, grapefruit contains a particular compound that is not present in other citrus fruits, which changes the reaction of the previously mentioned medications.

3. Milk

Dairy products, especially milk should not be combined with antibiotics. According to the Today’s Geriatric Medicine calcium in dairy products can prevent the absorption of antibiotics, primarily ciprofloxacin.

4. Wheat Bran

Wheat bran is rich in insoluble fiber which can slow down the absorption of heart medications such as digitalis, digoxin, Lanoxin and digitek.

So, people taking these medications should abstain from consuming insoluble fiber. The Today’s Geriatric Medicine states that people on these medications should take them 1-2 hours before or after eating.

5. Alcohol

If combined with antihistamines, alcohol can lead to drowsiness. It is even more dangerous to mix alcohol with anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophens such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

According to the FDA, people mustn’t use these drugs in case they have more than three alcoholic drinks on a daily basis. This combination can lead to stomach bleeding and liver damage.

6. Banana

Bananas abound with a high amount of potassium. The FDA claims that potassium can lead to heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat when mixed with ACE inhibitors such as enalapril, captopril, moexipril, and lisinopril.

Potassium can have negative interactions with diuretics such as metolazone and bumetanide. However, it does not mean that you should avoid bananas at all but just take the medication 1 hour before consuming the banana. Make sure you monitor your body for any symptoms.

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