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Food and medication combinations

Did you know that when the medicine you take interacts with foods and beverages you ingest, you could experience nasty side effects?

Common side effects of mixing certain foods and medications include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Ineffectiveness of medication
  • Exaggerated side effects
  • Increased heart rate

Go to the nearest Accident & Emergency (A&E) department if:

  • you have unusual symptoms
  • you feel unwell when you take your medication
  • you have questions about your medication

 

Article reviewed by Daphne Loh, senior dietitian at Gleneagles Hospital

Reference

Bushra, R., Aslam, N., & Khan, A. Y. (2011). Food-drug interactions. Oman medical journal, 26(2), 77-83. Retrieved 31/12/2018 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3191675/

Chang, L. (2012, November 27) Drugs that interact with grapefruit on the rise. Retrieved 31/12/2018 from https://www.webmd.com/drug-medication/news/20121127/grapefruit-some-medications-risky#2

Coffee (N.D.). Retrieved 31/12/2018 from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-980/coffee

Sheftalovich, Z. (2014, July 16) Foods and medications that don't mix. Retrieved 31/12/2018 from https://www.choice.com.au/health-and-body/medicines-and-supplements/prescription-medicines/articles/foods-and-medications-that-dont-mix

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Daphne Loh Ee Teng
Senior Dietitian
Gleneagles Hospital

Ms Loh is an accredited dietitian with the Singapore Nutrition & Dietetics Association.