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      These things can affect your medication!

      Some of the foods and beverages that you take can affect your medication. Here’s a look at what you should avoid when taking medication.

      Coffee & Alcohol

      Coffee can bring down the effects of antipsychotic drugs such as lithium and clozapine. However, for some medications, it may increase the effects and side effects. Those include aspirin, epinephrine which is prescribed for serious allergic reactions and albuterol which is consumed by inhaler for breathing problems.

      Alcohol may make certain medications less powerful and may make some even totally useless. Others may become more powerful and even result in dangerous side effects.

      Vitamin K

      In case, you are taking the drug warfarin which helps to treat and prevent blood clots, make sure you are not consuming a lot of Vitamin K. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, parsley, and spinach have plenty of this vitamin.


      You will be surprised to know that grapefruit can affect the method in which certain cells in your gut absorb and move medication through your body. In fact, it can impact more than 50 drugs including fexofenadine (allegra) for allergies and those that lower cholesterol such as atorvastatin (lipitor).


      If you are taking antibiotics, stay away from milk as it makes it tough for the body to process them.


      Dark chocolate has the capacity to reduce the impact of drugs meant to calm you down or make you sleep such as zolpidem tartrate (ambien). It may have the opposite effect on certain stimulant drugs, like methylphenidate (ritalin).


      This is a herbal supplement that can interfere with the effects of warfarin. It can also increase the chances of internal bleeding in case you take the blood thinners heparin or aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen. In case, you take MAO inhibitors, ginseng may cause headaches, sleep problems, hyperactivity, and nervousness.


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