Medicine is suppposed to make us healthier and feel better, but sometimes certain medications can be downright harmful to our health.
Eating certain foods while you or your loved ones take specific medications could cause dangerous side effects or make your medications less effective.
So it’s important to read up on the side effects associated with the medicines you’re taking and educate yourself on activities that you should be avoiding.
But did you know that some common foods can also negatively impact the effect of some medications or even make those medications dangerous?
It’s always best to talk to your doctor and learn which foods you should avoid when taking medication, but I hope that this information is informative and helps keeps you safe.
Antibiotics + Dairy
Antibiotics in the quinolone family, such as Cipro and Levaquin, bind to calcium and iron, so avoid dairy and supplements containing iron—foods won’t contain enough iron to be a problem—when taking these medications, says Jeff McClusky, pharmacy supervisor with the Harris Health System in Houston, Texas, and American Pharmacy Association spokesman. By blocking the drugs’ absorption, these products could make the antibiotics ineffective, leaving your infection untreated. Make sure you always ask these 12 questions before taking antibiotics.