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Does food interfere with the effectiveness of medications?

Some foods promote or reduce the absorption of drugs and others make them ineffective and even harmful . This is a quick guide :.

1. With antibiotics based on erythromycin or penicillin avoid acidic foods. Effect: they cancel the drug.

2. With bronchodilators avoid caffeine. Effect: overstimulation of the nervous system.

3. With anti-H2 (antacids) avoid caffeine. Effect: irritation of the stomach.

4. With tetracycline- based antibiotics avoid foods rich in calcium. Effect: reduce the effectiveness of the drug.

5. With antidepressants, cholesterol and estrogens (birth control pill) avoid grapefruit juice. Effect: dangerous increase in drug concentration.

6. With Mao inhibitor antidepressants, avoid foods rich in tyramine (beer, cheese, chocolate, avocado, cold cuts …). Effect: headache, palpitations, nausea, heart attack, stroke.
7. With Ace inhibitors and diuretics (cardiovascular disorders) avoid foods rich in potassium. Effect: palpitations and irregular heartbeat.

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