Foods and Pharmaceuticals That Don’t Mix

Even fruits and vegetables can cause strange and unsafe interactions with prescription medicines

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Ask your doctor which foods could negatively interact with the drugs you consume.

Whether you are experiencing a minor infection or a serious health problem, doctors typically prescribe prescription drugs to treat the conditions and improve your health. Although you should be eating nutritious foods to keep you healthy during the period when you're taking the medication (just as you do all the time), high amounts of vitamin-rich foods can react in unexpected ways with drugs.

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For example, popular healthy foods such as kale and other leafy greens can affect the way your body reacts to a blood thinner medication. Kale contains high amounts of vitamin K, which can reduce the drug’s anti-clotting effects. Even taking vitamin and mineral supplements can affect the way some drugs are processed in your system. The most important thing you can do is take about the side effects of the medication with your doctor. This way, you can understand why certain foods are OK to eat in moderation, and other foods should be eliminated completely while on a certain medications.

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