Food and Drug Compromise
As stated on the AARP website, “a whopping 81 percent of adults ages 57 through 85 take at least one prescription medication, according to research published in Gerontologist, and what you eat and drink can affect the way those medicines work. Don’t learn the hard way which foods can prevent a prescription or over-the-counter drug from working, or exacerbate its side effects. Instead, educate yourself and ask your doctor questions regarding the medications you are prescribed. The U.S Food and Drug Administration has a booklet that address food and drug interactions and how to avoid them. (Click on the word booklet to access.)
Did you know that grapefruits and grapefruit juice have serious side effects with certain medications? WebMd warns against the many drug interactions when drinking grapefruit juice and taking certain drugs, some of which are listed below;
- Statins(cholesterol-lowering drugs): lovastatin (Mevacor),atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor, Vytorin)
- Antihistamines: ebastine
- Calcium channel blockers (blood pressure drugs): nitrendipine,felodipine (Plendil), nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia)
- Psychiatric drugs: buspirone(BuSpar), triazolam (Halcion),carbamazepine (Tegretol), diazepam (Valium), midazolam (Versed),sertraline (Zoloft)
- Immunosuppressants: cyclosporine(Neoral), tacrolimus (Prograf)
- Pain medications: methadone
- Impotence drug (erectile dysfunction): sildenafil (Viagra)
- HIVmedication: saquinavir (Invirase)
- Antiarrhythmics: amiodarone(Cordarone)
There are alternatives to many of these drugs. So, talk to your doctor about the possibility of using a different medication if avoiding grapefruit juice is not an option.
Unfortunately, a food-drug interaction can prevent medication from working the way that it should and can cause negative side effects. Be pro-active with your health and discover what foods you should avoid to stay healthy and happy for years to come.