Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making With Medication

Many people take their medication with food in an effort to cushion the impact on the stomach. While certain medications should preferably be taken with a meal, some foods can interact with medication in unexpected ways.

Of course, taking most medication with alcohol is generally not advised, but drinking alcohol while taking any SSRIs used to treat depression, antibiotics like metronidazole, or common pain medication like Tylenol (or anything containing acetaminophen) can cause dangerous side effects like severe vomiting, liver toxicity, and gastrointestinal bleeding (per Everyday Health).

Other food and med combos are a little stranger. Did you know, for example, that combining your statin medication with grapefruit can be risky? “Grapefruit contains a compound that inhibits a common drug-metabolizing enzyme called CYP3A4,” Aaron Emmel, clinical pharmacist, told Everyday Health. “Drinking a lot of the juice or eating the fruit inhibits this enzyme, and the drug accumulates in your system, which can be dangerous.” And if you’re taking warfarin as a blood thinner, avoid kale or anything with large amounts of vitamin K, as this can negate the effect of the drug in your system.

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